General Motors

General Motors Company, commonly referred to as General Motors (GM), is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services, with global headquarters in Detroit's Renaissance Center.

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    GM’s Sharon Gauci on the evolution of Buick


    The launch of a beautiful concept in 2022, made good the US brand’s promise of ’sculptural beauty. As Buick continues to evolve towards an electric future, Sharon Gauci  Buick’s global design director spoke to Car Design News about managing relationships across multiple studios, regional specific design and grilles

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    Watch: Design legend Ed Welburn on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award


    Car Design News caught up with General Motors design legend Ed Welburn at the CDN People Awards about winning the Car Design Review Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Interview: Michael Simcoe, senior VP design, General Motors


    In an exclusive interview with Car Design News, General Motors senior VP of design Michael Simcoe talks about the role of design within the company, the Warren campus extension, and the complexities of electrification 

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    Corvette E-Ray team discusses interior strategy


    Car Design News takes a deep dive into the interior of the new hybrid Chevrolet Corvette 

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    Chevrolet retires Camaro — for now, at least


    Car Design News looks back at the history of the Chevrolet Camaro following confirmation it will be retired in 2024

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    Concept Car of the Week: The GM Precept


    An innovative concept that emerged from an equally progressive government program, the Precept still has much to teach us two decades later

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    Exclusive interview: design director at GM California Advanced Design Brian Smith


    General Motors’ design director at California Advanced Design, Brian Smith, speaks to Car Design News about his new role, design homogeneity, aero design and more   

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    Exclusive: Julian Thomson to head up GM’s new UK-based advanced design studio


    Former Jaguar Land Rover design director Julian Thomson will head up General Motors’ advanced design studio in the UK. He tells CDN about his new role, the future of EVs and the kind of talent he is looking for 

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    GM’s Sandy Lipscomb on future vehicle UX design


    Sandy Lipscomb talks to Car Design News about GM’s new Ultifi software platform that will enable greater levels of personalisation and a more connected user experience

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    Chevrolet debuts the 2023 Blazer EV


    Car Design News caught up with Chevrolet’s creative designers to discuss the new all-electric Blazer SUV

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    Watch: Back to the Future of Interiors


    Watch this Car Design News livestream featuring General Motors, Group Lotus and Lawrence Technological University as they reflect on changing interiors over the last 20 years and as they look ahead to the next 20.

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    The expanding universe of the pick-up truck


    Times, and powertrains, are changing – Karl Smith investigates how the pickup truck is finding itself in the middle of an ever-expanding universe of products

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    Do these GM concepts signal the return of the personal luxury car?


    Two futuristic concepts, the Buick Smart Pod and the Cadillac Innerspace Concept recently introduced by General Motors, point to a revival of a classic format 

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    Cadillac shows InnerSpace concept at 2022 CES


    Cadillac’s InnerSpace concept is a super streamlined autonomous vehicle in which to kick back and watch Netflix

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    Chevrolet refreshes Silverado and adds hands-free tech


    A number of design changes and the addition of Super Cruise are featured on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado

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    GM’s new Shanghai studio to play a key role in its electrification plans

    2021-08-09T11:20:00+01:00By Mark Andrews

    GM’s newly expanded design studio in Shanghai will likely play a key role in its electrification plans

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    GM Advanced Design to construct new California campus


    A new design facility in California will act as a centre for GM’s development of innovative mobility programmes that sit outside the traditional car sphere

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    CDN marks International Women’s Day


    To mark International Women’s Day, Car Design News celebrates influential women car designers past and present 

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    Interior Motives Autumn 2020 Digital Edition


    The autumn digital edition of Interior Motives features in-depth car interior design insight on the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Volkswagen ID.4, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Yangfeng XiM21, Buick Elektra and more 

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    Interior Motives Spring 2020 Digital Edition


    Check out the spring digital edition of Interior Motives, featuring in-depth interior design trends, interviews, sketches and galleries featuring Lexus, GMC, BMW, GAC and more

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    2021 GMC Yukon Denali - interior story


    General Motors has brought its most premium SUV to-date to market with the 2021 Yukon Denali. “We challenged ourselves to build on more than two decades of iconic design and take it to the next level,” Matthew Noone, Director of design for GMC (and Chevrolet) told Interior Motives at the Yukon’s premiere 

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    Watch: Geely’s Guy Burgoyne, SAIC’s Shao Jingfeng and Hyundai’s Simon Loasby livestream


    In this livestream discussion, Geely’s Guy Burgoyne, SAIC’s Shao Jingfeng and Hyundai’s Simon Loasby discuss the measures they have and are taking to keep studios working during lockdown and how the Chinese and Korean studios are adapting to going back to work and what measures are in place.

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    Seating Trends Spotlight

    2020-04-08T15:37:00+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    Car designers have been exploring different seating configurations in expectation of self-driving technology

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    General Motors and Bollinger introduce new EV platforms


    EV startup’s new platform now faces growing competition from large OEMs

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    Concept Car of the Month: Opel Experimental GT (1965)


    In the guiding hands of a young of Erhard Schnell, this month’s concept car, the Experimental GT, marked a turning point for Opel Design

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    Michelin Challenge Design 2020 entries are open

    2020-01-27T11:24:00+00:00By Car Design News

    Michelin’s global Challenge Design competition, set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, is accepting entries until 1st of March

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    Concept Car of the Month: Opel GT2 (1975)


    Opel’s crisp and geometric GT2 concept car was Jean-François Venet’s breakthrough project 

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    Concept Car of the week: The Chevrolet Nomads


    Our final Concept Car of the Month for 2019 is, in fact, three different GM concepts cars, all inspired by the Chevrolet Nomad’s design

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    Guangzhou auto show report 2019

    2019-11-28T14:20:00+00:00By Mark Andrews

    CDN walked the floor at Guangzhou to report back from China’s second-biggest auto show of the year

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    FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

    2019-11-04T05:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

    The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for R&D investment. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

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    Interview: Valuing Venucia design with Taiji Toyota

    2019-10-15T13:32:00+01:00By Mark Andrews

    Car Design News spoke to Taiji Toyota, deputy managing director of Nissan and Dongfeng’s Chinese joint venture, Venucia, about the brand’s evolution and increasing product independence

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    Enovate - interview with Hakan Saracoglu

    2019-10-10T09:41:00+01:00By Mark Andrews

    Enovate is one of a raft of electric car startups in China which supposedly reached 450 at their zenith. “They’re consolidating now, it’s the right thing to do there were way too many” says Enovate vice president of design, Hakan Saracoglu. The Turkish born German national has fifteen years’ experience with Porsche along with shorter stints at Ford and Chery

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    Chevrolet launches Corvette C8 Convertible, C8.R


    At a lauch event GM held at Cape Canaveral, Chevrolet has launched the mid-engined Corvette C8 Convertible, the first folding hardtop Corvette in its 66-year history, as well as the C8.R racing car that will compete at Le Mans and in the American IMSA series drom 2020 onwards

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    Designer Interview: Ken Parkinson, GM China

    2019-09-30T10:53:00+01:00By Car Design News

    Ken Parkinson, vice president of General Motors China design and GM international design, tells Car Design News about how he got into design, his current role with GM cars, what he wants to see in a young automotive designer

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    In Memoriam: Luigi Colani (1929-2019)


    CDN takes a visual look back at the life and career the mercurial and deliciously controversial German designer Luigi Colani, following news of his death at the age of 91

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    Who’s Where: Harry Sze becomes GM’s China Advanced Studio director


    Outgoing BMW Designworks Shanghai studio director moves across town to join GM

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    Chevrolet unveils the long-awaited, mid-engine Corvette


    The all-new C8 boasts a radical new design and vastly improved interior materials

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    Design interview: Sharon Gauci, GM


    “In its purest form, design should be a sensory journey of discovery,” says GM’s executive director of industrial design

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    Randy Rodriguez moves to GM Patac


    Now based in Shanghai, Rodriguez is helping to build Buick’s new design philosophy

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    Prefix: Fit at 40

    2019-06-18T17:51:00+01:00Sponsored by

    Prototyping and bespoke build specialists Prefix are celebrating an anniversary – here’s how they got there, and where they’re going next

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    Design interview: Larry Erickson, Magna

    2019-06-18T10:57:00+01:00By Car Design News

    Larry’s impressive career informs both his approach to design and to encouraging the next generation of creatives

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    Magna Global Bold Perspective Award: meet the judging team

    2019-05-21T15:56:00+01:00By Car Design News

    Students entering Magna’s design competition will have their work judged by a world-class panel boasting production car, motorcycle, custom car and feature-film design expertise

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    Studio Visit: Human Horizons

    2019-04-10T16:03:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

    James Shyr and team show and tell us what’s on the horizon…

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    Car Design Awards winners revealed and Car Design Review 6 launched


    Car Design Awards winners for 2018 revealed and Car Design Review 6 launched

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    Concept Car of the Week: Buick ‘Y’ Job (1938)


    Designed by the legendary Harley Earl, the Buick Y-Job was the first ever concept car. Car Design News delves into the back story of this landmark car 

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    Concept Car of the Week: Pontiac ‘Ghost Car’ (1939)


    The transparent Pontiac Ghost Car was unveiled at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York as part of General Motors Futurama exhibit

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    Palm Springs Modernism Week is a must for fans of mid-century modern – cars and their designers too

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    Concept Car of the Week: Triumph XL90 (1967)


    In 1976, British marque Triumph proposed a vision of the year 2000, the XL90, which foreshadowed the modern MPV 

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    CDR5 Lifetime Achievement Award: Wayne Cherry, GM


    The illustrious career of a GM design legend, in his own words

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    Six books for your holiday wish list


    Buy them for your learned friend, relative or colleague… or just get them for yourself

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    How Magna helps design teams deploy win-win technologies

    2018-11-16T15:48:00+00:00By Car Design News

    A vision of future mobility from Magna Exteriors

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    ArtCenter Transportation Design programme turns 70


    We join the celebrations at a very special edition of the ArtCenter Classic

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    CCotW: Mustang Mach II (1967)


    The mid-engined pony car that might have been

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    CCotW: Abarth/Bertone 1500 Biposto Coupé (1952)


    Is this car B.A.T. number 1?

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    Concept Ute of the Week: Isuzu Como F1 (1991)


    A car, a truck, a prophecy... with a whole load of horsepower to boot

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    Concept Car of the Week: Ford Splash & Pontiac Stinger (1989)


    The end of the 1980s saw the launch of two concept cars for the endless summer – the Ford Splash and Pontiac Stinger. Car Design News takes a look at these overlooked projects

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    Book Review: Damsels in Design


    An excellent new book by Constance A. Smith which spotlights a set of great female designers

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    CCotW: Corvette Fancy Free (1958)


    In the midst of the ‘Mad Men’ era, a unique time and place for women in design

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    GM Industrial Design team gets a shake-up

    2018-06-08T09:15:00+01:00By Chris Maillard

    Sharon Gauci-led organisation confirms reorganisation

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    Michelin Challenge Design 2018: The Winners (and more)

    2018-06-05T15:21:00+01:00By Chris Maillard

    The tyre firm’s annual design competition comes round again

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    Remembering Steve Anderson

    2018-05-29T09:48:02+01:00By Bill Barranco

    The sad loss of a highly talented and respected designer

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    Design interview: John Cafaro, GM


    “There’s a little bit of Corvette in every Chevrolet. Performance DNA resonates globally.” More from yearbook 5

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    Pixar Interviews Tesla at LA Conference


    The most design-centred conversation at the Future of the Automobile Conference in Los Angeles

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    CCotW: Packard Predictor (1956)


    An influential swansong for a storied American marque

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    CCotW: Pontiac Farago CF 428 (1969)


    The DeLorean before the DeLorean

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    CCotW: Mercury XM Turnpike Cruiser (1956)


    A brave but disastrous attempt to reinvent a staid brand

  • Geneva 2018: Video – Wayne Cherry accepts our Lifetime Achievement Award

    2018-03-07T11:27:03+00:00By Car Design News

    The legendary General Motors designer in an exclusive video. Be prepared to tear up a little...

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    Geneva 2018: Car Design Awards winners announced

    2018-03-06T17:13:00+00:00By Car Design News

    The design industry’s most respected awards, our yearbook and a great evening in Geneva

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    The luxury vehicle of the future is... a pickup truck?


    An unlikely body style emerges as a strong upmarket player

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    [Sponsored] CDN Design Night sponsor Magna says it’s time to connect

    2018-02-20T16:51:00+00:00By Car Design News

    Magna Exteriors is the Premier Sponsor of next month’s Car Design Night Geneva 2018. Larry Erickson, Global Director of Industrial Design, explains why designers must pool insights to shape the future

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    CCotW: Pontiac Club de Mer (1956)


    The Club de Mer is an often-overlooked concept that predicted the future of Pontiac

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    Michelin Challenge Design CCS Winners Announced


    Michelin‘s 29th collaborative competition with CCS in Detroit has reached its conclusion

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    How PATAC Created the Chevrolet FNR-X [Ad]

    2017-12-11T14:19:37+00:00By Car Design News

    How General Motors’ Chinese design studio created a millennial SUV concept [sponsored]

  • LA 2017: GMC Sierra All Mountain 2500HD


    GMC brings Abominable Snow Monster to the show

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    Michelin Challenge Design Mobility/Utility/Flexibility Winners Announced


    Challenge to reimagine the pickup truck saw diverse concepts

  • 2018 CDN & GM Interactive Competition is now open

    2017-10-17T15:03:24+01:00By Car Design News

    Our competition with GM is now open to high-school students

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    Concept Car of the Week: GMC Terradyne


    The Terradyne was General Motors’ turn-of-the-millennium vision of the urbanised future of the truck

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    Concept of the Week: Oldsmobile Profile (2000)


    A compact SUV concept that looks strikingly contemporary

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    Design Essay: What Makes an Icon?


    How does a car transcend mere industrial design... and can it be done on purpose?

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    Concept Cars of the Week: Corvair Sports Cars


    The humble Chevrolet compact inspired some surprising sports cars

  • Steve Eum Joins Chery as Design Chief


    GM veteran swaps Chevy for Chery

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    Pontiac Phantom (Madam X)


    William ‘Bill’ Mitchell spent his entire 42-year career at General Motors, much of it served under the leadership of the flamboyant Harley Earl, GM’s Vice President of Design for over three decades. Earl appointed Mitchell as Cadillac’s first design chief in 1936. In 1954 he was promoted to Director of Styling, serving directly under Earl. Finally, after Earl retired, Mitchell stepped into Earl’s place and was Vice President of Design from late 1958 until his own retirement in 1977.

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    Cadillac Personal Luxury Car Concepts


    In 1960, General Motors found itself on top of the industrial world. It was the largest corporation with the greatest reach and broadest product line of any corporation in the world. It produced everything from home appliances to cars and trucks, to heavy industrial machinery and military vehicles. True to its name, if it had a motor, General Motors probably produced some version of it.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Chrysler 70X (1969) and Cordoba Del Oro (1970)


    Defining the “Fuselage” Aesthetic for a New Decade at Chrysler

  • Who’s Where: Clay Dean leaves GM


    Long-term GM man takes surprising move out of car industry

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    GMC L’Universelle (1955)


    Out-there styling but clever packaging in an ancestor of the MPV

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    New Car: Ford Expedition (2018)


    An enormous SUV from the blue oval

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    Concept Car of the Week: General Motors Bison (1964)


    The Bison concept by General Motors explored a trucking application for gas-turbine technology

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    CCotW: Chevrolet Citation IV


    An influential aerodynamic experiment that could have led to great things

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    Concept Car of the Week: GM LeSabre (1951)


    The car that defined auto design in the 1950s in America was the General Motors LeSabre of 1951. Conceived by the flamboyant GM design chief Harley Earl, it was meant to set out the programme for the cars of the new rocket age

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    Interior trends: Pedal power

    2017-01-12T19:26:49+00:00By Lem Bingley

    We trace an interior design detail theme under-foot

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    Concept Car of the Week: Buick Centurion (1956)


    The centrepiece of General Motors legendary Motorama shows, the Buick Centurion was the combined talent of Harley Earl and Charles ‘Chuck’ Jordan

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    Michelin/CCS Competition: Le Mans 2030

    2016-12-20T11:06:22+00:00By Car Design News

    Michelin-sponsored College for Creative Studies contest showcases some superb student work

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    First Sight: Chevrolet Bolt


    Is Chevrolet’s new electric compact a missed opportunity?

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    Concept Car of the Week: Chrysler ecoVoyager (2008)


    Not quite the future of the luxury car, but an interesting experimental monospace

  • Design Interviews: Interrogating BMW's Top Team


    Quizzing BMW's Executives On The Brand's Future (and its wheelchair)

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    Concept Car of the Week: Cadillac N.A.R.T. (1970)


    A racing team's redesigned Eldorado, by Zagato

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    Michelin Announces Winners of ‘Le Mans 2030’ Design Competition

    2016-10-21T11:03:07+01:00By Car Design News

    Contest winner judged best of 1600 registrants from 80 countries

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    First Sight: Land Rover Discovery (2017)

    2016-10-06T12:48:26+01:00By Andrew English

    Land Rover's controversial new SUV has split opinion (if not a tailgate). Its designers explain

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    Concept Car of the Week: General Motors Firebird IV/Buick Century Cruiser (1964/1969)


    The concept car that believed you only live twice

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    Concept Car of the Week Geneva special: Corvair Testudo (1963)


    The Corvair Testudo is a fabulous mixture of slightly misplaced American ingenuity and bravely outrageous Italian style

  • Michelin announces jurors of ‘Le Mans 2030’ design competition

    2016-09-08T15:28:26+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Top designers to judge 2017 Michelin Challenge Design entries

  • Reading Week 26 August

    2016-08-26T16:50:10+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    Visual inspiration, food for thought on autonomous driving and wearable tech, and other design-related stories that have caught our eye

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    Concept Car of the Week: Vauxhall Equus (1978)


    Wayne Cherry's favourite car: "the most uncompromised design I've ever worked on"

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    2016-08-01T14:44:02+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    1955 GMC L'Universelle Concept, 'dream truck' for General Motors' Motorama shows

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    ‘Don’t call it retirement’ – Ed Welburn on life after GM’s top design job


    Q&A with the outgoing vice president of design at General Motors

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    Concept Car of the Week: Bertone Saab Novanta (2002)


    Italian firm's 90th birthday present to itself, via Sweden

  • Coventry University brings designers together to discuss future mobility

    2016-06-01T15:55:12+01:00By Lem Bingley

    Debate assesses the next big steps to form the history of the automobile

  • Who’s Where: SangYup Lee leaves Bentley to become vice president of Hyundai and Genesis design

    2016-05-16T13:56:51+01:00By Owen Ready

    Korean-born designer joins Donckerwolke in leading new premium brand

  • 2017 Michelin Challenge Design contest holds Automotive Press Association design panel

    2016-05-03T10:39:59+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Designers meet to discuss Le Mans 2030: Design for the Win project brief

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    Concept Car of the Week: Suzuki Mobile Terrace (2003)


    The anti-car mobile room that continues to appeal

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    Concept Car of the Week: Jaguar Kensington (1990)


    Giugiaro's vision for a modern Jaguar that made production a decade later and half a world away

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    Who’s Where: Ed Welburn retires from General Motors


    Michael Simcoe to take over the top design job at GM

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    The Designers Pt4: Ed Welburn, General Motors


    An extract from our latest Car Design Review 3 yearbook with GM's retiring design VP

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    Worth a read: The Story Behind GM's Celebrated 'Damsels of Design'

    2016-04-07T13:01:19+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Article part of Core77's Designing Women series

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    Design Development: Deep Orange 5

    2016-03-24T11:54:52+00:00By Ryan Borroff

    How a city-car concept for Gen Y and Z drivers, designed and engineered by Gen Y and Z students, was created

  • Why car designers and engineers should solve problems together

    2016-03-17T15:28:31+00:00By Nick Gibbs

    How close relationships between design and engineering help make better cars

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    Michelin announces winners of annual College For Creative Studies design competition

    2015-12-17T17:00:18+00:00By Tom Phillips

    27th running of contest won by students from China, India, Korea and the US

  • Samsung announces new automotive business

    2015-12-09T11:33:47+00:00By Tom Phillips

    Electronics firm to consolidate auto businesses, and develop tech for infotainment systems and driverless cars

  • Interior Motives - Autumn 2015


    In this issue: Peugeot Fractal, BMW 7 Series, Deep orange 5, Bentley Bentayga, Yanfeng ID16, Haval Concept B & Concept R

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    Concept Car of the Week: GM Futurliner (1939)

    2015-10-16T16:34:00+01:00By Tom Phillips

    The 1938 Buick Y-Job is rightly famous for being the world’s first concept car. But while the Y-Job was being created by Harley Earl and the designers at GM’s newly-named Styling Division, the team was also working on a project much larger in scale: the Futurliner

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    Michelin announces winners of ‘mobility for all’ international design competition

    2015-09-08T11:04:15+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Winners of 2016 contest hail from 13 countries, including United States

  • Saturn Vue


    At Geneva in March this year the Chevrolet brand unveiled the Captiva SUV, two months later Opel presented the Antara and now Saturn is debuting the Vue in LA. They are all the same car bar minor design differences, the most obvious for the new Vue being the grille and ...

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    Monterey Car Week brings the best of the best to Pebble Beach

    2015-08-24T13:57:28+01:00By Bill Barranco

    Highlights from a week of elegance, speed and top-class car culture on the West Coast

  • Pontiac G8


    General Motors has revealed their 2008 Pontiac G8 sports sedan at the Chicago Auto Show under the form of a lightly disguised concept based on a re-badged Australian Holden Commodore.

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    The Lotus Elan from the Type 26 to the 2010 Paris Show concept by Peter Stevens Pt3

    2015-08-17T10:20:11+01:00By Peter Stevens

    Bringing the Elan story up to date, from the late-80s to 2010's Paris Motor Show concept

  • Michelin Challenge Design jury meets to decide 2016 winners [Sponsored]


    Jurors spent two days considering the best work of the 875 entrants from designers in 68 countries

  • Saab 9-5


    Saab is arguably the most underperforming car brand in the world. It has strong international recognition, values that are ripe for connecting to the 21st century car buyer and a rich back catalogue of distinctive but not polarizing design signatures.

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    Clemson University students design concept for mega-city-dwelling millennials

    2015-08-04T12:39:35+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Is Deep Orange 5 the answer to urban transport in 2020?

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    Lotus Elan from the Type 26 to the 2010 Paris Motor Show concept by Peter Stevens Pt2

    2015-08-03T10:01:31+01:00By Peter Stevens

    'New Elan' finally reaches production, but not before yet more internal conflict

  • Chevrolet Montana


    Two years ago, GM Brazil unveiled the Chevrolet GPiX concept, designed locally under the direction of Carlos Barba. The concept defined the DNA of the Viva family, formed by the Agile, which has been sold in Latin America since 2009.

  • PPG Industries/CCS Auto Glass Design Awards


    Mar 13, 2002 - In a recent competition sponsored by Pittsburgh-based glassmaker PPG Industries, winning designs by students of Detroit's College for Creative Studies showed how glass can add safety and security as well as utility, comfort and convenience for a luxury 2008 vehicle.

  • Eyes On Design/Detroit Award


    Jan 10, 2001 - This year, for the first time, Eyes on Design/Detroit has given twelve design awards at the North American International Auto Show.

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    Strate Collège Degree Show 2003


    Nov 12, 2003 - Graduating Transportation Design students at France's Strate Collège displayed their Diploma projects in the school's annual degree show, which was held at the central Paris school in June.

  • Eyes on Design Automotive Exhibition 2003

    2015-07-15T14:53:39+01:00By Jon Winding-Sørensen

    July 31, 2003 - In its 15th year, the Eyes on Design Automotive Exhibition is beginning to look like a major date on the international calendar of classic and current car events.

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    14th Annual Michelin-CCS Design Competition


    November 5th, 2002 - A last minute change of display space at the 14th annual Michelin-CCS Design Competition caused a bit of confusion for guests who arrived early.

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    College Exhibition: Cleveland Institute of Art 2015

    2015-07-14T11:43:27+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Highlights from the Ohio school's annual design degree show, with project briefs set by General Motors and FCA

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    CCS - American Iron and Steel Institute Challenge 2002


    November 5, 2002 - Student interns in the College for Creative Studies (CCS) / American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) partnership recently presented the results of their 2002 design challenge.

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    Meadow Brook Hall Concours 2002


    August 4, 2002 - The 24th annual Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance in Rochester, Michigan was the main event in a week long celebration of classic automobiles, which included an automotive art exhibition, a road tour, historic races and a gala banquet, auction and fashion show.

  • Second annual Exotics Show at Art Center College of Design


    September 12, 2002 - On a hot afternoon in July, bright bodies of red, yellow and silver transform a manicured rear lawn into a traffic-jam of upscale transportation.

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    Pforzheim University Summer Degree Show 2002


    August 30, 2002 - Transportation Design students at Germany's Pforzheim University displayed their work in the school's summer degree show in mid July, one of the two graduation shows per year.

  • Academy of Art College Spring Show 2002


    July 8, 2002 - The Academy of Art College recently presented the work of their best and graduating students at the Academy's downtown San Francisco locations.

  • David Cole - Director of Industrial Design, Academy of Art College, San Francisco


    So how does one become a car designer? It’s a question we are asked quite often at Car Design News. I’m sure many of you have either asked it, or answered it, at some point in your life or career.We asked David Cole of the Academy of Art College to ...

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    Strate Collège Degree Show 2001


    Transportation Design students at France's Strate Collège recently displayed their work in the school's annual degree show, which was held at the central Paris school from June 20-21.

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    Strate Collège Degree Show 2002


    August 26, 2002 - Transportation Design students at France's Strate Collège have displayed their Diploma projects in the school's annual degree show, which was held at the central Paris school in June.

  • Los Angeles Auto Show announces 'Design Los Angeles' as 2005 theme


    Jul 28, 2004 – Recognizing the global influence of Southern California as an automotive design center, the Los Angeles Auto Show has announced 'Design Los Angeles' as the theme for the January 2005 show. The theme is the beginning of an ongoing program to establish automobile design as an integral ...

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    Coventry University Design Degree Show 2001


    Graduating students at Britain's Coventry University School of Art and Design have recently shown their work in the annual Design Degree Show.

  • Ken Okuyama appointed head of Art Center Transportation Design


    Aug 31, 2000 - Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, has announced the appointment of Ken Okuyama as the new Chair, Transportation Design, beginning in January 2001.

  • Cadillac announces production of luxury roadster


    Aug 18, 2000 - General Motors today announced its plans to produce a low-volume, two-seat Cadillac luxury roadster for the 2003 model year.

  • Holden Torana concept debuts at Australian International Motor Show


    Oct 13, 2004 – Holden has stolen the limelight at the opening of the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, unveiling a ground-up concept car dubbed the Torana TT36.

  • Designers to discuss automotive design trends at LA Auto Show


    Nov 11, 2004 – How are changing consumer attitudes and preferences affecting automobile design? What are designers doing to create functional, stylish and fun vehicles in accordance with new regulations and technologies? These are some of the questions that five distinguished designers will discuss and debate during the panel discussion ...

  • What's New


    General Motors has released first photos of the Hummer H3T concept vehicle, which makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January.

  • 2003 Motor Trend International Design Contest winners announced


    Nov 25, 2003 - The winners of the 2003 Motor Trend International Design Contest were announced during Media Day at the California International Auto Show (CIAS) held in October in Anaheim.

  • Winners of the Interior Motives: Student Design Awards 2003 announced


    Sep 23, 2003 - The winners of the Interior Motives: Student Design Awards 2003 were announced during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

  • After Michael's new job, Michael got a new job too


    July 25, 2003 - There are some curious, obviously well deserved but nevertheless curious, movements among the top designers at GM and Ford at the moment.

  • Alias|Wavefront announces new design products and new identity


    July 24, 2003 - Alias|Wavefront has announced the start of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the launch of a corporate identity change from Alias|Wavefront to Alias, along with new and updated software products for industrial design.

  • J Mays promoted to Group Vice President of Design for Ford Motor Company


    July 22, 2003 - J Mays, Vice President of Design at Ford Motor Company since he was appointed to that position on October 1, 1997, has been named Vice President Design, effective August 1, 2003.

  • Los Angeles Auto Show gives preview into design competition


    Jan 7, 2005 - With its 3rd design competition, French automotive magazine L’argus de l’automobile challenged design students in the European Union to express their creativity on the theme 'Imagine the convertible commercial vehicle'.

  • The Real World


    June 26, 2003 - We recently had the opportunity to have a demonstration in the Virtual Reality Studio at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

  • 75 years of General Motors Design: Harley Earl - The Innovator

    2015-07-06T10:03:00+01:00By Jon Winding-Sorensen

    June 02, 2003 – This year’s Eyes on Design Automotive Exhibit will present 75 years of General Motors Design with a big display at the GM Design Center in Warren, Michigan on June 22. The exhibit will feature concept vehicles from the 1938 Buick Y-Job to the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen

  • Michael Mauer to head GM Europe Advanced Design


    May 30, 2003 - Michael Mauer has only been with SAAB since May 2000. But his impact has been great, not only as the toughest guy on the block, but as an excellent designer and administrator of designers – so great that he suddenly has got another and much wider ...

  • Vauxhall VX Lightning concept revealed


    May 14, 2003 - Although much of the attention – at least in the United States – is on the centennial of the Ford Motor Company, which will be officially celebrated on June 16, this year is also the 100th anniversary of another motor firm: Vauxhall, which has been part ...

  • Canadian International Auto Show - Automotive Design Competition and Design Forum


    April 09, 2003 - The second annual World Automotive Design Competition and Design Forum was hosted by the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) on February 13 in Toronto, Canada.

  • Exceptional list of senior automotive design industry judges announced for GoDigital


    March 11, 2003 - Go Digital has announced the full list of senior automotive design management who will judge the competition finalists’ digital design models.

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    Eyes on Design 2002 - A weekend of classic design


    July 15, 2002 - A new venue and gorgeous weather were the backdrops for the Eyes on Design weekend, a series of events celebrating automotive design and benefiting the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

  • 2003 Autoweek Design Forum

    2015-07-02T12:31:39+01:00By Nick Hull

    Leading design professionals from all over the world recently gathered at the tenth annual AutoWeek Design Forum and the Automotive News Concept Car of the Year Awards, held in conjunction with the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • Design vision honored at the Eyes On Design/Detroit 2003 Awards


    Vision in automotive design was honored at the third annual Eyes On Design / Awards on Tuesday, January 7.

  • Holden SSX Design Concept

    2015-07-01T13:28:31+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    October 21, 2002 - At the Sydney International Motor Show this week, Holden, the Australian subsidiary of General Motors, is showing its new SSX Design Concept.

  • Tom Matano appointed as Director of Industrial Design at Academy of Art College


    May 30, 2002 - Tom Matano has been appointed as Director of Industrial Design at Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

  • First photos of Opel/Vauxhall Signum


    August 21, 2002 - General Motors Europe have released the first photographs of the Opel/Vauxhall Signum, which will reach European showrooms in the summer.

  • General Motors previews 2003 concept vehicles


    August 16, 2002 - General Motors has unveiled sketches for five concept vehicles to be displayed at North American auto shows in 2003.

  • GM Hy-wire concept to debut at Paris Motor Show


    Feb 26, 2002 - August 14, 2002 - General Motors has revealed a first look at Hy-wire, the first drivable vehicle that combines a hydrogen fuel cell with by-wire technology.

  • Pontiac Confirms GTO Production


    June 21, 2002 - A famous nameplate makes a return to US highways in late 2003 when General Motors and its Australian subsidiary Holden begin production of a modern version of the legendary Pontiac GTO.

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    Art Center College of Design Spring Show 2002


    May 20, 2002 - Art Center College of Design recently hosted its Spring 2002 Graduation Senior Show, featuring work from ten graduating students in the Bachelor of Science - Transportation Design program. Students represented 5 countries: the US, Austria, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

  • First photo: Opel Meriva MPV


    May 23, 2002 - Opel has released first details of the smaller brother to the seven-seater Zafira.

  • Saab reveals first details of 9-3 Sports Saloon


    May 17, 2002 - Saab has released first details of the all-new 9-3 Sport Saloon, the first step in the biggest product development programme in Saab’s automotive history.

  • GM announces details on Cadillac SRX and Chevrolet Colorado


    Cadillac revealed more details of its new SRX car-SUV luxury crossover vehicle Tuesday, with a design that draws on the CTS and the Vizon concept first seen at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show.

  • Bertone concept vehicle for the 2002 Geneva Motor Show

    2015-06-25T13:45:43+01:00By Giancarlo Perini

    Feb 11, 2002 - Bertone celebrates the 90th anniversary of the companying this year, under the leadership of Mrs Lilli Bertone, widow of the late Nuccio Bertone and president of the independent companies of the Bertone Group.

  • General Motors concepts for Chicago Auto Show


    As GMC celebrates its 100th Anniversary, the GM truckmaker will reveal it's latest vision of a 'professional grade' truck, with the introduction of the Terra4 concept vehicle at the 2002 Chicago Auto Show.

  • General Motors to Restructure Design Process


    Jan 28, 2001 - According to a Reuters report, General Motors is expected to announce that it will radically restructure its vehicle design process, trimming its bureaucracy to speed up new vehicle development.

  • Automotive Design Winners Announced at the Eyes On Design/Detroit 2002 Event


    Recognizing major contributions to the world of automotive design, winners were announced January 9th at the second annual Eyes On Design/Detroit event honoring the automotive designers who have created the most significant automotive designs on display at the 2002 North American International Auto Show.

  • Ken Okuyama and Design Club International team up


    Dec 19, 2001 - Japan's Design Club International Inc. has announced that Ken Okuyama will become a member of DCI as director, effective December 2001.

  • Alias|Wavefront announces PortfolioWall 1.5


    Dec 12, 2001 - Alias|Wavefront has announced the worldwide availability of PortfolioWall 1.5 - the award winning software that allows design teams to view, manage and make decisions on digital design work through an intuitive touchscreen interface.

  • College for Creative Studies new Walter B. Ford II Building


    Detroit's College for Creative Studies opened its new $24-million, 102,000sq.ft Walter B. Ford II Building, on Sep 19.

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    Art Center College of Design summer show 2001


    Transportation Design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena have recently displayed their work in the school's summer graduation show, held in August.

  • Frankfurt Motor Show 2001 - Jaguar R Coupe


    Using the traditional medium green and cream for its exhibit color, Jaguar was again positioned next to Aston Martin in the show.

  • General Motors announces Cadillac, GMC and Saturn concept vehicles for 2002


    Aug 21, 2001 - General Motors has announced the first three of their concept vehicle lineup for next year's autoshow season: the Cadillac Cien, GMC Terra4 and the Saturn Sky roadster.

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    Eyes on Design 2001 - A weekend of classic design


    Eyes on Design started fourteen years ago with a Sunday car show at the Grosse Pointe Academy on Lake St. Clair on the East side of Detroit.

  • Hyundai/Kia studio to be established in Germany


    A combined design studio for Hyundai and Kia is to be set up in Eschborn, on the outskirts of Frankfurt.

  • Cadillac To Unveil All-New 2003 Cadillac CTS At Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance


    July 31, 2001 - With bold new styling, the 2003 Cadillac CTS will make its debut Aug 18th at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California.

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    Academy of Art College - The Annual Spring Show 2001


    Students at San Francisco's Academy of Art College have recently shown their work during the school's Annual Spring Show.

  • News from Italy

    2015-06-18T14:04:58+01:00By Giancarlo Perini

    Prototipo, the fast growing Italian group that is now renowned world-wide for its product-testing know-how and facilities, has reportedly reached a co-operation agreement with SZ Design, directed by Andrea Zagato. The agreement has not yet been officially announced.

  • News from Italy

    2015-06-18T13:55:07+01:00By Giancarlo Perini

    Stola Group has just unveiled a unique Boxster Fuoriserie at the “Design in Movimento” exhibition promoted and organised by Automobilia at the “Palazzo dell’Arte” in Milan, Italy.

  • Designer of PT Cruiser joins General Motors Design


    24 April 2001 - General Motors Design has hired Bryan Nesbitt, the 32 year old designer of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, away from its rival to be the Brand Character Chief Designer for Chevrolet.

  • Center for Creative Studies / Automotive Bright Products Association competition


    27 March 2001 – Aaron Hughes, of Salt Lake City, Utah, took home the $2,000 first prize scholarship for his innovative uses of chrome and bright products in the 2001 Automotive Bright Products Association / Center for Creative Studies competition.

  • Gorden Wagener appointed President, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design, North America


    Feb 20, 2006 – German designer Gorden Wagener, 37, has been appointed President of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America.

  • Is there a future for the car industry as we know it?


    Design Forum at the Canadian International Auto Show: Feb 13, 2001Geoff Wardle, automotive designer, corporate consultant and currently the Director of Corporate Relations, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California questions the future of the automobile as it exists today.

  • Chevrolet Borrego debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show


    Jan 4, 2001 - General Motors has revealed the first of it's concept vehicles for 2001, the segment-busting Borrego concept from Chevrolet, combining the road-taming agility of a rally car with the traditional rock-hard toughness of a Chevy.

  • Design Development Chevrolet Camaro concept

    2015-06-17T11:38:54+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    Ever since Ford reinvented the Mustang for today’s market, DaimlerChrysler and General Motors have conspicuously been without their own retro hero. In a bid to potentially tap into this market, both Dodge and Chevrolet unveiled such concepts at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show: the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro.

  • Pontiac 'Vibe' SUV shown at Los Angeles Auto Show


    Jan 4, 2001 - Introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a show car, General Motors has given a glimpse of it's upcoming Vibe SUV.

  • Eyes on Design Awards


    Eyes on Design / Detroit is an event that recognizes significant contributions to the world of automotive design as presented at the North American International Auto Show.

  • Alias|Wavefront 3December event unites designers worldwide


    Alias|Wavefront, Toronto-based developers of industry leading automotive design software, recently held it's 3December™ event.

  • GM’s design resurgence continues with announcement of concept vehicles for 2001


    Nov 9, 2000 - General Motors continues to demonstrate its new design vocabulary through seven concept cars for 2001.

  • Pontiac 'Vibe' SUV for 2003


    Dec 30 - GM's joint-venture plant with Toyota in Fremont, Calif., soon will start producing a "lifestyle" hybrid with a Pontiac nameplate in keeping with its hybrid theme Pontiac Aztek/Buick Rendezvous/Chevrolet Avalanche.

  • General Motors announces phase-out of Oldsmobile


    December 12, 2000 - GM announced today that the Oldsmobile Division will be phased out over the next few years.

  • Opel-Vauxhall Signum2 design study unveiled


    Nov 8, 2000 - Opel/Vauxhall today unwrapped the first sketches of Signum2, a study of a new body-style concept for the 2001 motor show circuit.

  • Center for Creative Studies students unveil versatile new concepts


    Oct 17, 2000 - Could the General Motors Hummer, colossal king of SUVs, breed offspring?

  • Saturn unveils SUV at the Miami Auto Show


    Oct 6, 2000 - Saturn will enter the rapidly growing market for compact sport-utility vehicles next year with an all-new Saturn SUV that will offer the space, security and utility of an SUV in a versatile and fun-to-drive package.

  • Interior Motives - Spring 2015


    In this issue: Ford GT, Mercedes-Benz F 015, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Rinspeed Budii, Mazda CX-3, Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6

  • Starting Out: Interview Techniques Page 2


    Brief and firm and with eye contact: your handshake is the first contact you make in an interview, so it is vital to get it right. Project a limp wrist and the chance of work slips. There are many aspects of interviews that can daunt the uninitiated but for those ...

  • 2016 Michelin Challenge Design entries close on 1 June

    2015-06-09T09:51:21+01:00By Tom Phillips

    The entry deadline for the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design is fast approaching. There are just two weeks left to submit your entries to the competition, ahead of the 1 June deadline.

  • GM to build new design studios as part of $1-billion investment in Warren Tech Center

    2015-06-08T15:57:27+01:00By Tom Phillips

    General Motors has announced a $1-billion investment program for its Tech Center in Warren, MI. The multi-year project is the biggest in the Center's 59-year history, and will see a host of new building and renovation work take place at the Tech Center campus between now and 2018

  • Alias|Wavefront awarded unprecedented software agreement with General Motors


    Agreement expands General Motors global conceptual design and surface creation capability

  • New SAAB badge


    Aug 21, 2000 - Saab, the Swedish executive car-maker, is introducing a new corporate logo with the launch of its latest model range.

  • Swarovski Crystal Aerospace


    Crystal-manufacturer Swarovski is a common sight at the Milan furniture fair, as invited designers find increasingly diverse ways to implement their products. Formerly a company most associated with kitsch figurines, their kudos has now grown thanks to the efforts of people such as Naoto Fukasawa, Toord Boontje and Tom Dixon.

  • Jay Leno Ecojet


    In an unusual partnership, celebrity chat show host Jay Leno has created an eco-friendly 'Supercar' with General Motors. Called EcoJet, the ultra-light two-seater concept was launched at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, and uses a Honeywell LT-101 jet engine which runs on bio-diesel fuel.

  • Hummer HX concept


    General Motors has elicited the help of three CCS graduates to create a new Hummer concept set to be unveiled at the NAIAS in January. The concept is a progressive step for the General Motors brand, which has been downsizing the chunky vehicles ever since it purchased the brand from ...

  • UPDATED: Hummer HX concept


    We brought you renderings of General Motors' new Hummer HX concept a little over a month ago, and now we have full images of the prototype scheduled to be officially unveiled in the coming days.

  • Opel Meriva concept


    This is the clearest view yet of Opel/Vauxhall's new Meriva concept, set to be unveiled at next week's Geneva Auto Show. Heralded as the next level of monocab flexibility, the concept features rear-hinged rear 'FlexDoors' on both sides of the car.

  • Chevrolet Volt


    General Motors launched its next 100 years this week by unveiling the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt - a vehicle that delivers up to 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving, with the extended-range capability of hundreds of additional miles.

  • Chevrolet GPiX concept


    The 25th São Paulo Auto Show marked the debut of a new concept from General Motors: the Chevrolet GPiX crossover coupe.Developed by General Motors Design in Brazil, the concept represents a potential new segment for the auto giant in the emerging Latin American market. "It offers the sporty design and ...

  • Corvette Stingray concept


    General Motors unveiled a new Corvette Stingray concept at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday. Unlike most concepts, the new car is not intended to gauge public opinion of new design direction; it will instead debut as the character 'Sideswipe' in the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release 'Transformers: Revenge ...

  • Fornasari Racing Buggy concept


    Fornasari, a small independent automaker based in Italy, has recently completed a new 'Racing Buggy' concept, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

  • GM EN-V concepts (w/ Gallery)


    General Motors, and its Chinese partner SAIC, revealed three two-seat personal mobility concepts in Shanghai today. Called the EN-V – an acronym for Electric Networked-Vehicle – the Xiao (Laugh), Jiao (Pride) and Maio (Magic) models embody different characteristics for future transportation.

  • Chevrolet Colorado concept


    General Motors' Chevrolet brand is previewing the next generation midsized Colorado pickup truck in concept form at the Bangkok International Auto Show. The venue was chosen to debut the truck due to the Thai market's prevalence – it is the world's largest market for midsize pickups.

  • Roewe 950


    SAIC has released details and images of the production version of its new Roewe 950, which will make its world debut at this month's Beijing International Motor Show. The Roewe 950 will be the flagship product of SAIC's range.

  • Chevrolet Onix


    The new Chevrolet Onix compact hatchback has made its world debut at this year's Sao Paolo motor show.

  • Cadillac CTS (2014) [w/Gallery]


    The all-new Cadillac CTS has broken cover ahead of its official debut at this week's New York Auto Show.

  • Cadillac Elmiraj concept (2013)


    Cadillac has revealed its Elmiraj grand coupé concept, which showcases its plans for its next-generation flagship sports models.

  • Cadillac Escalade (2015)


    It's 15 years since General Motors reacted to Ford's Lincoln Navigator with its own luxury full-sized SUV, the Cadillac Escalade. Now GM's premium brand has revealed its fourth generation of the car that has become a favorite of rappers and posh soccer moms alike.

  • Chevrolet Adra Concept


    Chevrolet's new Adra concept is the first car to be designed by General Motors Technical Centre India (GMTC-I) in Bangalore exclusively for the emerging Indian market.

  • Vehicle debuts at the 68th Turin Motor Show

    2015-06-04T13:14:17+01:00By Giancarlo Perini

    EW ALFA ROMEO 147Unless some other car maker changes its mind at the 11th hour, the only world-première to be seen at the 68th International Motor Show will be the new Alfa Romeo 147, which is due to replace later this year both the three door 145 and the five ...

  • GM hires designer Anne Asensio from Renault


    Detroit May 8, 2000 - General Motors has hired Renault designer Anne Asensio. She will direct GM’s brand studios’ designers, in charge of Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and GMC.

  • Digital Image opens European design studio


    Digital Image Studios has announced the formation of three distinct divisions: the Digital Effects Center located in a new headquarters in Novi, MI, the Research & Development Group in Montreal, and the New Design Center in Sophia Antipolis near Nice, France.

  • Cadillac concept vehicle for Geneva Motor Show to be named "Imaj"


    DETROIT - Cadillac has announced that the concept vehicle it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show Feb. 28 will be called "Imaj ", (pronounced "e-maazh").

  • New L.A. design studio GM's next step in global network


    Feb22, 2000 - General Motors Corp. will have advanced design work underway by April in a new studio the automaker is establishing in North Hollywood. GM Design Vice President Wayne Cherry said the company is transforming a former bakery complex on two-acres into a studio that will incorporate the newest ...

  • Frank Saucedo to manage new GM advanced studio


    Los Angeles, Jan 6 - Frank Saucedo, formerly chief designer at Volkswagen of America's Simi Valley, Calif. design center, will manage a new LA studio opened by General Motors.

  • GM unveils Oldsmobile Profile, Saturn CV1 concept vehicles.


    SANTA MONICA, Calif, Jan 5 - General Motors has taken the wraps off the Oldsmobile Profile and Saturn CV1 concept vehicles and also announced it will establish a satellite GM Design Studio in Los Angeles.

  • The Designers Pt2 – Mark Adams, General Motors


    Mark Adams, VP of design at GM Europe, talks us through his design philosophy for Europe, and how this will evolve as a host of new products come to market over the next few years.

  • “A Century of Automotive Style – 100 Years of American Car Design” back in print

    2015-06-03T13:10:16+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Specialist book publisher Lamm-Morada has announced that is has reprinted 500 copies of Dave Holls and Mike Lamm's hardcover chronicle of the past hundred years in US car design. Called A Century of Automotive Style – 100 Years of American Car Design, the book is widely regarded as a must-have ...

  • Starting Out: Interview Techniques


    The procedure of an interview varies from place to place. It can happen over a lunchtime appointment for example, but because many opportunities arise through checking the job listings on Car Design News or other media, through an agent or by getting lucky during an auto show; interviews are generally ...

  • PPG Design Challenge


    Global supplier PPG Industries presented its Design Challenge awards at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. The annual automotive glass design competition called for students to design a vehicle for a 20-something male named Matt - a recent college graduate beginning his career - whose vehicle needed to be ...

  • Who's Where: John Puskar and Liz Wetzel appointed to new roles at GM Design


    As part of an ongoing strategy at General Motors, this past month has seen a series of moves taking place within the company's design organization in Europe and the US. Two of the key changes have been the appointment of John Puskar to the role of Director of Cross-Brand Strategy, ...

  • Design Essay: Cars and Architecture

    2015-05-09T12:04:57+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Shuffling past boxes to get to the car in the morning, we seldom give too much thought to the garage beyond tidying it. But without cars there would be no garages, and rarely do we stop to consider the broader affiliation cars have with their surrounding structures. In the 1920s, ...

  • Who's Where: Ken Ma resigns as Changan Design Vice President

    2015-05-09T12:04:46+01:00By Jeffrey Nagaoka

    Ken Ma has resigned as Vice President of Design for Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. after only a year. The former General Motors and SAIC designer's departure is a blow to the Chinese manufacturer's bid to design more distinctive cars to compete more effectively with foreign rivals in China and abroad.

  • Design Review: Nissan Mixim concept


    Electric cars have certainly experienced resurgence in recent years. This can of course be directly attributed to the increases in gas prices and the threat of global warming, but also because automakers are being forced to explore new means of propelling their vehicles to meet strict emissions requirements currently being ...

  • College Exhibition: Hongik University Show 2005


    College Exhibition: Hongik University Show 2005

  • GM and PSA announce four joint vehicle programs

    2015-05-09T12:02:40+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    PSA Peugeot/Citroën and General Motors have confirmed they will develop four future vehicle projects as part of their ‘Global Strategic Alliance' as both parties grapple with dwindling sales and spiraling costs in the European market.

  • Fourth annual World Automotive Design Competition winners announced


    Christophe Charbault, a design student from the Ecole de design at the Universite de Montreal, won the first prize of US $10,000. Charbault's entry, entitled 'Virtuoo', was chosen from amongst 70 entries submitted by 97 students from 28 design schools world wide. Judge Ken Gross stated that Virtuoo received top ...

  • Who's Where: Dagoberto Tribia promoted to Director of Interior Design at GM Brazil Design


    Dagoberto Tribia was promoted to Director of Interior Design at GM do Brasil Design on January 1, 2011.

  • CCS students tackle GM project

    2015-05-09T11:56:54+01:00By Car Design News

    Seniors studying Transportation Design at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan, have recently completed a project with General Motors that has been underway since late 2009.

  • Detroit Auto Show 2010 - Trends and Overview

    2015-05-09T11:56:48+01:00By Phil Patton

    This year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit was overshadowed by another exposition: the Consumer Electronics Show, America's biggest rollout of high tech products, held in Las Vegas just days before. It was at CES that Ford CEO Alan Mulally gave the keynote address, not at Detroit, and the ...

  • Ken Ma appointed VP Design at Chang'an

    2015-05-09T11:55:22+01:00By Xie Guoqing

    Former Shanghai Automotive Technical Center (SATC) design director Ken Ma joined Changan Automobile Group as vice president of the firm's Engineering Research Center late last year. Ma's new role puts him in charge of the Group's global design department, reporting directly to Changan group chairman LiuPin Xu on all design ...

  • Exclusive: Anthony Lo to become VP of Exterior Design at Renault


    In another exclusive, Car Design News has obtained information regarding Anthony Lo's most recent career move. According to our industry contacts, Lo resigned as Director of Advanced Design at General Motors Europe, handing in his papers yesterday morning. He is now set to become Vice President of Exterior Design at ...

  • Interview: Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design


    Few automotive designers dedicate their entire careers working for one manufacturer. However, Ed Welburn, General Motor's Vice President of Global Design, is one such designer.

  • CDN Contest 2008 - Starts today!

    2015-05-09T11:52:48+01:00By Car Design News

    CDN is today announcing the design brief and the start of the Car Design News Contest 2008. Coinciding with the announcement, we are publishing an assessment process - specifically developed for the contest - and confirming our illustrious panel of car designer judges.

  • Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge finalists announced

    2015-05-09T11:52:45+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Anne Asensio and a team of expert judges have chosen the three finalists of the Dassault Systèmes Design Challenge 2012.

  • RIP Anatole ‘Tony’ Lapine 1930-2012

    2015-05-09T11:52:22+01:00By Owen Ready

    Anatole ‘Tony’ Lapine, head of Style Porsche from 1969 to 1988, passed away at the age of 81 on 29 April at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany.

  • GM donates Insignia prototype to Coventry University


    Though the cloud of uncertainty is currently looming over General Motors' Opel and Vauxhall brands, the economic climate hasn't deterred its Vauxhall division from showing a bit of generosity.

  • First Sight: Holden Torana concept


    Torana concept debut at the Australian International Motor Show. Click for larger imagesHolden has stolen the limelight at the opening of the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, unveiling a ground-up concept car dubbed the Torana TT36. The concept revives a famous ...

  • Show Review: Eyes on Design 2012

    2015-05-09T11:43:20+01:00By Phil Patton

    It was 25 years ago that the heads of design at the Detroit Three - Jack Telnack of Ford, Chuck Jordan of General Motors and Tom Gayle of Chrysler - joined together to set up a show focused on design.

  • GM closes UK Advanced Design Studio

    2015-05-09T11:41:58+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    CDN has learnt that General Motors is closing its UK Advanced Design Studio as part of its ongoing restructuring program.

  • Book Review: Car Guys vs Bean Counters

    2015-05-09T11:39:03+01:00By Phil Patton

    Designers are the surprise heroes of a new book by former General Motors vice chairman Robert Lutz, called Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business.

  • Where is Kinetic Design headed?


    Martin Smith has been guiding Ford of Europe's design efforts since he was appointed to the position of Executive Design Director in 2004, coming straight over from an illustrious career at General Motors. During his tenure as Director of Design at GM Europe, Smith oversaw the Insignia concept car as ...

  • Design Review: Detroit Show Stands

    2015-05-09T11:33:25+01:00By Dalibor Dimovski

    Car Design News first looked in detail at the influence of pavilions and manufacturer stands at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and how the industry, in general, has been quite slow capitalize on this potentially massive means of communication. Last month's North American International Auto Show was evidence that ...

  • DYPDC Center for Automotive Research & Studies

    2015-05-09T11:33:01+01:00By Car Design News

    Last year the doors opened to DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, a new automotive design school. The institution has grown from strength to strength and has achieved considerable success in this short time.

  • Concept Car of the Week: Vauxhall VX Lightning

    2015-05-09T11:32:18+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Both Ford and Vauxhall celebrated their 100-year anniversaries in 2003, but despite much of the attention being focused on the American giant, GM's UK subsidiary unveiling its own birthday present: the VX Lightning.

  • Who's Where: Brett Patterson and Rohan Saparamadu join Geely’s Shanghai studio

    2015-05-09T11:30:36+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Brett Patterson and Rohan Saparamadu have joined Geely as chief designers, based in Shanghai. They will both report to the company's design director Ken Ma.

  • Who's Where: Larry Erickson named Chair of Transportation Design at CCS


    The College of Creative Studies (CCS) has named Larry Erickson as the Paul and Helen Farago Chair of Transportation. As chair, Erickson will lead the College's Transportation Design department, a role previously occupied by Bryon Fitzpatrick who retired in the summer of 2007. Mark West has led the department for ...

  • Michelin Challenge Design announces 2007 jury


    Michelin Challenge Design, one of the world's fastest growing design competitions, has announced its 2007 panel of judges. The eight automotive design and safety experts convened July 17-18, 2006, at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, to select the vehicle designs and concepts for special exhibition at the ...

  • Design Contest: 2004 Motor Trend International Design Contest winners announced


    Design Professional Category2nd Place: Magnus Gustafsson, Lockheed Martin X-2 Lightning - Trollhattan, Sweden3rd Place: Hilgard Muller, Bell Aegis - Santa Cruz, CaliforniaFinalist: Armando Mercado Villalobos, Swiss Army - Mexico City, Mexico

  • College Exhibition: Strate College Degree Show 2005


    College Exhibition: Strate College Degree Show 2005

  • CCS receives $2.5m GM Grant

    2015-05-09T11:21:30+01:00By John O'Brien

    General Motors is set to strengthen its longstanding commitment to Detroit's College for Creative Studies with a $2.5 million donation, a contribution that will help the university undertake a $145 million redevelopment of its A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

  • Design Contest: 2007 World Automotive Design Competition winners announced


    The winners of the 2007 World Automotive Design Competition (WADC), sponsored by Autodesk, were announced at the 2007 Canadian International Auto Show in February. The competition was relaunched in 2007 with a few new twists created to meet the needs of the global automotive industry. The fifth WADC strived to ...

  • Exhibition: Taxis of the World


    Citroën TA 11 BL Unveiled at the 1934 Paris Motor Show, the Traction Avant was the first Citroën design revolution. Produced from 1934 to 1957, it has influenced manufacturers the world over, though Americans remained resolutely attached to rear drive. Citroën was the first manufacturer to control front traction technology ...

  • Car Design News announces Design Contest

    2015-05-09T11:20:11+01:00By Car Design News

    Car Design News is pleased to announce the Car Design News Contest 2008 in association with SABIC Innovative Plastics, powered by Autodesk, and to present our panel of judges (pictured left). The contest is the world's only international digital car design contest where all designs will be created as digital ...

  • Chuck Jordan, former VP of GM Design, dies at 83


    Legendary GM designer Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan died at his home in California on Thursday, December 9th. He was 83.

  • Winners announced in Chinese Auto Design Awards 2011

    2015-05-09T11:14:11+01:00By Xie Guoqing

    Winners in the fourth Chinese Auto Design Awards have finally been announced. Held at the China Agriculture Film and Television Center in Beijing, the glamourous ceremony saw awards given to two groups; students and automotive manufacturers.

  • CDN-GM/PATAC Interactive Design Competition China winners announced

    2015-05-09T11:13:52+01:00By Andrew Meehan

    The winners of the CDN-GM/PATAC Interactive Design Competition China have been announced during Car Design Night at The Waterhouse in Shanghai on April 20, 2013.

  • Show Review: New York Auto Show 2012

    2015-05-09T11:13:16+01:00By Phil Patton

    During the New York auto show press days in early April, it was announced that the Volkswagen Up had been named World Car of the Year. But the Up was not on display at the show and if you polled attendees during the public days it is unlikely that five ...

  • Creapole graduates on course to become influential designers


    Since its establishment in 1981, the creative design school Creapole ESDI has enjoyed the rich atmosphere of its unique location, set in the cultural and historical heart of Paris between the Louvre and the Georges Pompidou Center.

  • Lincoln gets own design studio

    2015-05-09T11:11:23+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Ford is creating a dedicated design studio for its luxury brand Lincoln in an ongoing bid to rejuvenate the brand and position it further apart from the core Ford offering.

  • General Motors to shut down Saab


    General Motors has announced that it will be closing the Saab brand after the company was unable to strike a deal with Spyker Cars. This follows from last month's withdrawal of would-be suitor Koenigsegg, leaving Spyker the sole contender in the acquisition of the ailing Swedish brand.

  • CCS/GM E-Flex project

    2015-05-09T11:08:10+01:00By Car Design News

    Junior Transportation Design students at CCS in Detroit recently completed a project sponsored by General Motors developing vehicle concepts for one of GM's eight Global brands that utilized the innovative E-Flex technology, a plug-in, electrically driven powertrain with an on-board Range Extender.

  • College Exhibition: Strate College Degree Show 2006


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  • College Exhibition: Strate College Degree Show 2006


    Graduating Transportation Design students at France's Strate College displayed their Diploma projects in the school's annual degree show, held at the central Paris school June 23-24. A jury of design managers from major European and international manufacturers including Renault, Citroen, General Motors, Hyundai, DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen assessed the graduating students' ...

  • Autoweek Design Forum 2007

    2015-05-09T11:03:36+01:00By Pascal Boisse

    The North American International Auto Show press days were followed again this year by the AutoWeek Design Forum. For this 14th edition of the Forum, the organizers picked 'Design for Success' as a theme for the conferences. And this theme was quite relevant given the gloomy forecasts made by some ...

  • Michelin Challenge Design announces 2009 jury


    Michelin Challenge Design, one of the world's top design competitions, has announced its panel of judges for 2009. The distinguished group of automotive design leaders will meet in July at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, to select the vehicle designs and concepts for special exhibition at the ...

  • Four CCS students win awards in 22nd annual Michelin/CCS competition


    Michelin and the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Michigan recently held their 22nd Annual College for Creative Studies Design Competition at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Four CCS transportation students are receiving the exhibition opportunity of a lifetime when their winning designs are displayed in ...

  • College Exhibition: RCA/GM - Fast Forward 2049


    First year students at the Royal College of Art recently held an exhibition at the London Transport Museum commemorating the 40th anniversary of the school's vehicle design course. Sponsored by GM's Opel/Vauxhall division, 19 students responded to a brief that called for them to ‘Fast Forward into the Future'. ...

  • College Exhibition: Cleveland Institute of Art Spring Show 2006


    The 2006 Spring Show, held from May 10th to 12th in CIA's Gund Building in Cleveland, Ohio, featured the work of 50 industrial design majors, with 17 emphasizing transportation design.Among the twenty-one graduating majors seven focused on transportation design. Visitors to the show included designers from Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, ...

  • Detroit Auto Show 2007 Trends and Overview

    2015-05-09T10:59:25+01:00By Ed Stubbs

    The 2007 North American International Auto Show seemed a little quieter than for the last three years, with few introductions from European brands, apart from the Jaguar C-XF concept and the Mercedes Ocean Drive concept. Ford unveiled the most concepts - more than General Motors or DaimlerChrysler. Design trends apparent ...

  • Spotlight: The Future of GM

    2015-05-09T10:56:37+01:00By Phil Patton


  • Spotlight: The Future of GM

    2015-05-09T10:56:18+01:00By Phil Patton

    Summer in Detroit usually means vacation time, as factories close to retool for the new model year. The only signs of activity traditionally revolve around press previews of new cars in August. But in this year of crisis, which saw Chrysler and General Motors sink into bankruptcy and, with United ...

  • Design and Technology at Siggraph 2008

    2015-05-09T10:56:01+01:00By Brett Patterson

    From 11-15 August over 28,000 artists, research scientists, developers, filmmakers, and academics from around the world gathered in Los Angeles for the 35th Siggraph Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The Siggraph conference includes courses and technical paper presentations, new technologies demos, an art gallery, computer animation festival, ...

  • Pierre Authier: I'm not moving to Opel/Vauxhall

    2015-05-09T10:53:28+01:00By Owen Ready

    As the ongoing General Motors designer saga continues, the latest Opel/Vauxhall Vice President of Design elect, Pierre Authier has taken his name off the shortlist for the Rüsselsheim.

  • Crystal Windham appointed Director of GM North American Passenger Car Design


    Crystal L. Windham has been appointed Director of General Motors North American Passenger Car Design as of November 1, 2008. In her new position, Windham will head the interior design for the following architectures in GM North America: Global Midsize Car, Global Compact Car, and Global Small Car.

  • Michelin Challenge Design announces 2008 jury


    Michelin Challenge Design, known for enticing some of the world's most talented up and coming designers, has convened its 2008 panel of judges. The eight automotive design experts met July 16-17, 2007, at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, to select the vehicle designs and concepts for special ...

  • Art Center Car-B-Que

    2015-05-09T10:51:25+01:00By Eric Bauer

    Art Center's Transportation Design department is in the midst of celebrating its 60th anniversary. To commemorate the special occasion the department decided, instead of the large scale production "Car Classic" from years past, to hold an informal gathering of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and their cars. The event, sponsored by ...

  • Saab files for bankruptcy

    2015-05-09T10:51:22+01:00By John O'Brien

    Struggling Swedish manufacturer, Saab, has finally filed for bankruptcy. What may well prove to be the closing chapter in this ongoing saga could see the iconic brand laid to rest following months of uncertainty.

  • The Year in Review: 2012

    2015-05-09T10:50:32+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Audi's head of design Wolfgang Egger told us in early November that the carmaker is shifting its design strategy as it changes the way it designs and develops its car.

  • The Year in Review: 2012

    2015-05-09T10:50:25+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    June featured two exhibitions celebrating Italian design. Bertone's 100-year anniversary was rung in with an historic exhibition at Turin's National Car Museum from 29 June to 14 October called ‘One hundred years of car design'.

  • Design Review: Chevrolet HHR

    2015-05-09T10:49:10+01:00By Nick Hull

    The debate surrounding the new Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof) has been up and running for some weeks now, even before the car was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. The criticism that its '49 Suburban retro-styling apes that of the Chrysler PT Cruiser and therefore won't ...

  • Who's Where: Bryan Nesbitt and Ken Parkinson switch roles within GM Design


    General Motors has announced a change within its Global Design organization that will effectively see Bryan Nesbitt and Ken Parkinson switch roles from August 1 this year.

  • Design Review: Buick Riviera concept

    2015-05-09T10:48:40+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    Some of the more notable exterior design features include the windscreen that sweeps back over the roof to incorporate the rear screen; the Buick roundel style motif in rear trunk lid; headlamp graphics that bleed back to a horizontal surface; and a satin finish DLO surround with discreet door opener. ...

  • Design Review: Buick Riviera concept

    2015-05-09T10:48:35+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    The first Buick Riviera was announced in October 1962, penned by exterior designer Ed Nickles and interior designer George Moon under the direction of Bill Mitchell. It was intended as a luxury four-seat coupe and a figurehead for General Motor's Buick brand. The 1971 'boat-tail' Riviera continued the theme into ...

  • Rohan Saparamadu appointed Chief Designer at Maruti-Suzuki


    Rohan Saparamadu has been appointed Chief Designer and Advisor to Styling at Delhi, India-based Maruti-Suzuki. Saparamadu, a veteran of GM Design for the last 23 years, was offered the position after he accepted an early retirement from the automotive giant late last year.

  • Dedicated automotive design school to open in India

    2015-05-09T10:47:00+01:00By Car Design News

    The doors are about to open to a new automotive design school called DYP-DC Centre for Automotive Research and Studies (though colloquially known as DYP-DC College).

  • College Exhibition: LTU Degree Show 2011

    2015-05-09T10:46:13+01:00By Car Design News


  • Design Essay: Suppliers, Solar Panels and Nostalgia

    2015-05-09T10:45:52+01:00By Fiona Doskocz

    Many products create emotional ties with their owner but nothing like the relationship we have with our cars. Like our home most of us spend a considerable part of our life and family's life transiting from place to place. Some journeys are enjoyable and some just necessary. ...

  • Fioravanti expands into China in partnership with Eastone

    2015-05-09T10:45:00+01:00By Car Design News

    Renowned Italian design house Fioravanti has formed a partnership with Shanghai-based design and engineering consultancy Eastone

  • A tribute to Jim Das


    In 1998-99 Jim had a stint in Italy at the Opel Advanced Studio and worked on a roadster study (currently on display at Opel Live in Ruesselsheim). Jim also made a major contribution on the design development of the new Astra Caravan, as well as the soon to be revealed ...

  • Design Contest: Car Design Awards China 2011 launches

    2015-05-09T10:44:02+01:00By Car Design News

    阅读本文中文版本请点击这里 CDN is pleased to announce the 2011 Car Design Awards China, a competition for students in China that aims to encourage the development of the next generation of domestic talent.

  • Interview: Anthony Lo, Director of Advanced Design, GME


    Anthony Lo, Advanced Design Director at GM Europe, has had a wealth of experience working for automotive manufacturers the world over since he graduated from the MA Automotive Design program at the RCA. Lo studied industrial design in his native Hong Kong, before being accepted into the postgraduate program and, ...

  • Cars, Culture and the City

    2015-05-09T10:42:12+01:00By Phil Patton

    And New York was the center of show business: the automobile was celebrated with song and dance and spectacle at General Motors annual Motorama shows of the 1950s and with two World's fairs, in 1939 and in 1965.

  • Cars, Culture and the City

    2015-05-09T10:42:05+01:00By Phil Patton

    When you think of American cities associated with the car it is Los Angeles of course that leaps first to mind, thanks mostly to Hollywood, and Detroit second. But New York turns out to have been vital in the history of car design, as I found researching an exhibition Cars, ...

  • General Motors EN-V to be branded Chevrolet

    2015-05-09T10:41:49+01:00By John O'Brien

    Chevrolet was gifted a centennial birthday present today, with parent company GM announcing that its 2030 Vision concept would carry the bow-tie badge. The youthful orientation and entry level positioning of Chevrolet within the GM portfolio subtly earmarks the intended audience for the EN-V, with the device being billed as ...

  • Video: Buick's lead color and trim designer, Heather Scalf on the new Encore SUV

    2015-05-09T10:40:55+01:00By John O'Brien

    Buick's lead color and trim designer, Heather Scalf, talks us through the Buick Encore's interior as part of General Motors' ‘Faces of GM' series of short videos.

  • Design Contest: NDA wins 2009 LA Design Challenge

    2015-05-09T10:40:45+01:00By Matthew DePaula

    A future where environmentalists and car enthusiasts - not to mention sober-minded adults and thrill-seeking young people - all coexist in harmony just might be possible with Nissan's V2G concept vehicle.

  • Autodesk European Automotive Days 2008

    2015-05-09T10:40:39+01:00By Brett Patterson

    The 2008 Autodesk European Automotive Days conference was held last week in Munich, bringing together 200 automotive design and visualization experts. Autodesk presented their strategy and vision for industrial design, with an emphasis on 'digital prototyping', where even at the concept stage the digital model is treated not just as ...

  • Show Review: Motorama Show Cars at Pebble Beach

    2015-05-09T10:40:16+01:00By Bill Barranco

    Aircraft and spaceships have long been the inspiration for designers. Few expressions of this theme are more evident than GM's mid-century designed dream cars. This year's 58th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance marked the 100th anniversary of General Motors, and to celebrate the event GM featured a special presentation of ...

  • Los Angeles Auto Show 2004 Design Trends


    As engineering and technology among manufacturers level out, automakers are looking increasingly toward differentiating their brands through distinctive design. And for most automakers, the cultural influences and lifestyle trends that surround their Southern California design studios play a significant role in shaping their future product lineup.

  • General Motors Europe announces new European Design Center


    General Motors Europe has announced that it will open a new European Design Center in Russelsheim, Germany in January 2006 as part of its continued focus on strengthening product development.

  • Umea Institute of Design prepares for annual Degree Exhibition


    The Institute of Design is housed in a converted power station and purpose-built premises on the banks of the Umea River. The school has an atmosphere which is open and light, and all students have their own personal workspace within this environment. There are well-equipped workshops for woodwork, metal, plastic, ...

  • Who's Where: Anne Asensio resigns as Executive Director of Advanced Design at General Motors


    Anne Asensio has resigned from her position as Executive Director of Advanced Design at General Motors, presumably to return to Europe.

  • Who's Where: GM's new Asian and European design studio appointments


    New additions have been made to the design management teams at General Motors, both in Asia and in Europe.Effective today (August 1), Friedhelm Engler begins his new role as Director of Design for the Pan Asian Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), based in Shanghai, China. He is responsible for all ...

  • Design Essay: Autonation

    2015-05-09T10:31:37+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Laurens van den Acker, Global Head of Design, Mazda is another designer determining the identity of a relatively young company, and it is easy to imagine the temptation of using Japan's heritage to forge this. Instead, van den Acker states: "We will leave J-Factor to Toyota and Honda...we are Japanese ...

  • Design Essay: Autonation

    2015-05-09T10:31:31+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Two cars recently highlighted the issue of nationality in auto design: the Renault Twingo concept and the Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept. Each brand is historically close to its respective nation, but where Renault dilutes their connection, Chevrolet is emphasising theirs.

  • Umea Institute of Design prepares for annual Degree Exhibition


    Graduation time approaches and the Masters students from the Umea Institute of Design in the north of Sweden have just presented a preview of their final thesis projects. There are twenty-five graduating students in total, eight of whom are from the Masters course in Transportation Design.

  • Who's Where: Gorden Wagener to head Mercedes Advanced Design NA


    Click for larger imagesGerman designer Gorden Wagener, 37, has been appointed President of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America. Beginning his new position on January 1. 2006, Wagener now focuses on products specifically for North America, including production and show cars as well as advanced projects. The Californian studio will ...

  • Concept Car of the Week: Isuzu 4200R (1989)

    2015-05-09T10:28:29+01:00By Flavien Dachet

    In the eighties, General Motors-owned Isuzu was fairly successful, but it was suffering from a ‘plain' brand image. To gain recognition, it presented a series of concept cars such as the COA, COA III and Costa but the most effective was the stunning 4200R.

  • Art Center Summit 2009

    2015-05-09T10:26:21+01:00By Matthew DeBord

    The Art Center Summit, now in its third year, has finally seen the rest of the world catch up with its preoccupations. Initially conceived in 2006-07 to bring government, academic, and business leaders to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, to discuss issues related to mobility and sustainability, ...

  • Shortlist announced for Interior Motives Student Design Awards 2010

    2015-05-09T10:26:04+01:00By Car Design News

    Shortlisted entries have been announced for the 2010 Interior Motives Student Design Awards. The competition culminates in a glitzy prize-giving ceremony in Paris on the evening of October 1, the first day of the motor show.

  • Interview: Daniel Darancou, Chief Designer for CH-Auto

    2015-05-09T10:24:11+01:00By Owen Ready

    With China continuing to lead the world in terms of economy and - as a result - the car industry, we caught up with a man with perhaps more responsibility and experience than most in the region, CH-Auto's Chief Designer Daniel Darancou.

  • Car Design News Contest 2008 Winners

    2015-05-09T10:24:08+01:00By Car Design News

    Few car designers in the world, if any, have had their work scrutinized by as many top car designers as each of our 20 finalists have. Every judge considered each of the six criteria for all 20 finalists and determined their individual value. Several judges commented on how this aspect ...

  • Car Design of the Year 2009 Winners

    2015-05-09T10:23:33+01:00By Car Design News

    Car Design News recognized the winners of the 2009 Car Design of the Year Award at last night's Car Design Night event at La Sip nightclub in Geneva. Car Design News Editor Eric Gallina presented the winning design teams at Aston Martin and General Motors for the most publicly acclaimed ...

  • First Sight: Holden VE Commodore and Statesman

    2015-05-09T10:23:30+01:00By Nick Hull

    GM Holden last week launched its biggest program ever, the $1 billion all-new Holden VE Commodore range. Designed at Holden's Port Melbourne design center, the 4th generation Commodore is the first all-new model of the series to be fully designed and engineered in Australia. Previous generations of Commodore since 1978 ...

  • General Motors' 2030 Vision

    2015-05-09T10:23:01+01:00By Massimo Prando

    While these studios worked independently, the package and conceptual idea stems from the company's Detroit HQ and the driving force behind the project, Dr. Chris Borroni-Bird - Director of Advanced Technology Vehicle Concepts. Design input throughout the program was fed by GM's Shanghai studio, to ensure that the end products ...

  • General Motors' 2030 Vision

    2015-05-09T10:22:54+01:00By Massimo Prando

    General Motors' impact upon the last century of automobility is rarely understated, but one crucial element in the company's success that is often ignored is its tradition and presence at global expos. The company's Futurama visions displayed at the New York World's Fair in 1939 and 1964 were hugely influential, ...

  • Michelin Recognizes CCS Student Talent

    2015-05-09T10:22:50+01:00By Joanna Scott

    Five senior students from the Transportation Design Department of the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit have won prestigious design awards at the 21st Annual Michelin-CCS Design Competition.

  • CDN and Opel/Vauxhall Interactive Design Competition Update

    2015-05-09T10:22:13+01:00By Car Design News

    Seats, relationships, city life, the virtual world and new materials exploration: one month into the Car Design News-Opel/Vauxhall interactive design competition, launched on 11 October, these are a few of the themes student designers are exploring, in answer to the question 'What do you think is our lounge style?'.

  • Dan Darancou appointed Chief Designer at CH-Auto


    Former GM design manager Dan Darancou has become Chief Designer at CH-Auto, a major Chinese car design studio that supports numerous domestic car manufacturers as well as international car companies looking to sell vehicles in the burgeoning automotive market.

  • Holden Hurricane returned to glory

    2015-05-09T10:17:43+01:00By John O'Brien

    Holden, the Australian arm of General Motors famous for its thumping V8-powered super-saloons, has lovingly restored its first-ever concept car from the late 1960s.

  • Cleveland Institute of Art - Nissan project


    Nissan sponsored a semester-long project for the Cleveland Institute of Art at the end of last year. The project guidelines were to create a 'truck', which was defined as a vehicle that has some form of utility, for the year 2020. While some students decided to create more traditional truck ...

  • Alias announces StudioTools 12, ImageStudio 2 and Portfolio Wall 2


    Building a model using a number of 2D sketches arranged. Click for larger imagesPlanes can be positioned anywhere in 3D space. Here theyStudio Tools real-time visualization. On the right is the newStudio Tools 12 real-time visualization in full screen mode, with the Bookmark Lister for capturing and replaying snapshots.Rendering ...

  • Show Review: EyesOn Design 2011

    2015-05-09T10:14:33+01:00By Phil Patton

    EyesOn Design, held each Father's Day in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Shores, likely draws more car designers and fans of car design than any show outside of Pebble Beach or Villa d'Este.

  • Design Review: GM Daewoo T2X concept


    After eight years, with the Seoul show now including all the major international manufacturers, GM Daewoo have bounced back to unveil their ambitious new T2X concept. Like so many of the cars at the show the T2X is a sports crossover, which Max Wolff, GM Daewoo Deputy Director of Advanced ...

  • Whos Where: Pierre Authier to become Vice President of Design for Opel/Vauxhall

    2015-05-09T10:13:49+01:00By Owen Ready

    Pierre Authier is thought to become Vice President of Design for Opel/Vauxhall, leaving his current role as Peugeot Design Director, according to a source from within the PSA design department.

  • Michelin Challenge Design Selects Designs for 2009 NAIAS


    The Michelin Challenge Design Jury met in July at Art Center College of Design and selected the designs that will be displayed next January at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

  • GM opens new Design Center in India


    General Motors has opened a new Design Center in Bangalore, India. The new facility is the eleventh GM design studio worldwide and is of significant importance as it is situated in one of the fastest-growing emerging car markets in the world. In a move to expand GM's operations and design ...

  • GM and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design develop Windows of Opportunity smart glass tech [w/video]

    2015-05-09T10:11:01+01:00By Owen Ready

    General Motors' Research and Development has collaborated with Bezalel Academy of Art and Design's Future Lab students to conceptualize new ways in which rear seat passengers - who traditionally feel disconnected from their environment - have a richer experience on the road.

  • College Exhibition: Royal College of Art - GE Plasticon project


    After undertaking a research trip to India the group decided to focus on entry-level mobility in rural India between 2015 and 2020. The team used a skateboard-like chassis which uses GE's HydroPlast technology.

  • Webinars: Visualization & Digital Effect Creation with Autodesk


    Car Design News hosted Visualization & Digital Effect Creation with Autodesk on February 9, 2011. This webinar explored how effective communication is key to 'selling' a particular design internally, and provided information on how to get your vision across using Autodesk Showcase, with an emphasis on materials, cross-sections and environments.

  • College Exhibition: Strate College Degree Show 2004


    A jury of design managers from major European and international manufacturers assessed the graduating student's work. The jury members included Anne Asensio (Executive Director Design, General Motors), Imre Molnar (Dean, College for Creative Studies), Andreas Wlasak (Director of Design, Faurecia), Axel Breun (Project Director, Renault Design), and representatives from industrial ...

  • Hong-ik University Degree Show 2007


    Hong-ik University held its 9th Project Exhibition from October 28th to November 3rd in Seoul, Korea. Featuring works from the 2007 graduation show and junior, sophomore semester shows, graduating students presented their proposals of next generation luxury sedan for their favorite brands. "Works of past graduation shows at Hong-ik so ...

  • GM opens Advanced Design Studio in Seoul


    General Motors has opened a new Advanced Design Studio in Seoul, Korea, the American automaker announced today (April 20). GM is set to leverage its position in the trendy Gangnam area of the Korean city, recently coined the 2010 World Design Capital.

  • Brit Insurance Design Of The Year 2011

    2015-05-09T10:08:18+01:00By John O'Brien

    Elsewhere in the Transport category, the YikeBike - a unique, carbon fiber, folding 'mini-farthing' is also nominated. Designed with lightness in mind, the YikeBike's main prerogative is to allow commuters to stow the bike effectively when not in use.

  • Brit Insurance Design Of The Year 2011

    2015-05-09T10:08:13+01:00By John O'Brien

    Showcasing a year in design, the fourth annual Brit Insurance Design Awards are currently being previewed at the Design Museum in London, UK. The shortlist of over 100 items takes in the best in design from seven categories: Architecture, Transport, Graphics, Interactive, Product, Furniture and Fashion.

  • College Exhibition: Umea Degree Show 2006


    Scania SCSTNiklas Wejedal (Sweden). In collaboration with Scania

  • Zhong Boguang: China's first generation auto designer

    2015-05-09T09:59:04+01:00By Guoqing Xie

    Zhong Boguang is one of the first designers to emerge in a country that has seen its importance augment considerably in recent times. But well before China became the biggest market for motor vehicles in the world, Boguang was obsessed with the pursuit of his car design dreams.

  • Who's Where: Anne Asensio joins Dassault Systemes


    Anne Asensio has been recruited by French firm Dassault Systemes to fill the newly-created position of Vice President Design Experience. This is not only the start of a new culture for Dassault Systemes, the world leader in 3D based Product Life cycle Management software (PLM), but it will also be ...

  • Car Design News to host a trio of events around Beijing auto show


    As the automotive world looks forward to Beijing, and what promises to be one of the most significant auto show in this year's calendar, Car Design News is actively contributing to the focus on China by hosting three events - CDN Interior Motives China Conference, Car Design Awards China and ...

  • The Rise of Chinese Auto Designers

    2015-05-09T09:55:09+01:00By Xie Guoqing

    Though the interior wasn't on show in Shanghai, the interior design theme is "driver focused", according to its creator. Sub-divided into two spaces, a prominent instrument panel and the extension of the center console separate each passenger's area, independent of the driver's position. More functions are achieved by three touch-screens. ...

  • Exclusive: Phil Zak appointed Chief Designer at Hyundai America (updated)


    Phillip A Zak will become the new Chief Designer at Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, California, filling the role previously held by former GM designer Joel Piaskowski who left Hyundai to become Head of Advanced Design at Mercedes-Benz's North American Design Center in January of this year.

  • Who's Where: Dave Rand resigns from Changan Automobile

    2015-05-09T09:53:53+01:00By Jeffrey Nagaoka

    Dave Rand, the former General Motors Design Chief, has resigned from the Chinese State-owned automaker after joining the company last October. Rand's resignation, which was made official last week, follows that of his senior at Changan, Ken Ma who stepped down as Vice President of Design earlier this year.

  • Revival of the Minivan

    2015-05-09T09:53:02+01:00By Phil Patton

    A couple of years ago I met a young designer at Chrysler's studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He had grown up in a minivan, he told me, and he felt the special love-hate relationship for it that is associated with places from childhood. "No one wants their parents' car," he ...

  • Car Color Trends Shift with the Economy (Video)


    According to the 2008 DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report, white is the top vehicle color choice in North America for the second straight year in a row, with black and silver close behind. And experts say the slumping economy may be playing a role in these choices. During an economic ...

  • College Exhibition: College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition 2004


    Jul 20, 2004 - On the evening of May 14th, Detroit's College for Creative Studies opened it's 79th Annual Student Exhibition with a patron preview. The entire campus was transformed into a gallery to display works by many of the year's students.

  • Who's Where: Bryan Nesbitt becomes General Manager of Cadillac


    Bryan Nesbitt, who until last week was General Motors' North American Vice President of Design, started his new role as general manager of the Cadillac brand on Monday, July 27. His appointment, which surprised many, is part of an effort to integrate design, marketing and advertising, which have always been ...

  • What's New: November 2005


    What's New: November 2005

  • University of Cincinnati 2008


    Students in the Transportation Design track at the University of Cincinnati recently presented their visions for the future of transport. Most of the students were asked to envision a vehicle for use in the year 2030 in a studio course sponsored by General Motors; a brief which asked students to ...

  • Southern California's Design Studios

    2015-05-09T09:49:43+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    The home of the American auto industry may be Detroit, but for the last 30 years California's West Coast has been its design base, playing host to more studios than anywhere else in the world.

  • Kia opens new Design Center America

    2015-05-09T09:48:57+01:00By Yichan Chung

    Kia Motors has opened its new Design Center America, located adjacent to the new US corporate headquarters in Irvine, California, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The opening ceremony of the new US 21.8-acre Kia Corporate campus was held on June 24 and was presided by Byung Mo Ahn, ...

  • EyesOn Design 2008

    2015-05-09T09:48:48+01:00By Patrick Lund

    If seeing is believing, then the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology (DIO) does their share of making new believers annually, including those who are visually impaired. Originally founded in 1972 by Dr. Philip Hessburg and his associates in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, out of a genuine appreciation for fine automobiles, the DIO ...

  • Show Review: Art Center Car Classic 2007

    2015-05-06T23:22:47+01:00By Eric Bauer

    Just a further couple of steps away, one could also be standing between the George Barris-designed Monkees Pontiac GTO and the Blackhawk Collection's Alfa Romeo BAT cars. I am sure you'll agree that any show which has the recently re-united three BAT cars together in formation is of course a ...

  • Contest: Volkswagen Slipstream wins 2007 LA Design Challenge


    Volkswagen's Slipstream concept has won the fourth annual Design Challenge competition, part of the Design Los Angeles automobile designer's conference. The award was presented during the second press day of the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • Contest: LA Design Challenge 2007


    Mercedes-Benz SilverFlowGorden Wagener, John Gill and Kevin Kang from Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America created the futuristic SilverFlow, a car that utilizes micro-metallic particles which can be arranged via magnetic fields to suit many different pre-selected model forms.

  • Contest: LA Design Challenge 2007


    No other city is associated with and as dependent upon the car as Los Angeles. The automobile allows freedom with the ability to decentralize, and with Los Angeles being the home to some of the country's first freeway systems, fast-food chains and drive-through banking, LA continues to play a significant ...

  • Mazda wins 2008 LA Design Challenge


    The Mazda Kaan concept has won the fifth annual LA Design Challenge competition, part of the Design Los Angeles automobile designer's conference. The award was presented during the second press day of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, following a designers' luncheon and keynote speech by Daniel Simon, visionary futurist ...

  • Design Development: Ford Mustang

    2015-05-06T22:30:22+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    There was something rather out of step with the new Mustang’s debut at the recent LA Auto Show. Here was a new design from Ford, conceptually and thematically representing so much of what was once great about American car design, American cars and the post-war ‘baby-boomer’ period of US car ...

  • LA Design Challenge 2010 announced

    2015-05-06T22:26:24+01:00By Owen Ready

    This year will see the seventh running of the annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge when the industry circus hits the US west coast in November.

  • Design Contest: LA Design Challenge 2008


    The entrants for the fifth annual Design Challenge, part of the Design Los Angeles automobile designers' conference, have now been announced. Nine Southern California automotive design studios - including Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volkswagen - have been pitted against one another and asked to develop ...

  • LA Design Challenge 2009


    The LA Auto Show has just announced the competitors in its 6th annual Design Challenge. The entries - coming from the Southern California design studios of Audi, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota - all revolve around a set theme which asked designers to envision the ultimate ‘youthmobile' for the ...

  • 2010 LA Design Challenge entrants revealed


    Entries for the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge have now been revealed. The futuristic proposals, which called for designers to envision a 1000lbs (454kg) 2+2 vehicle that delivers comfort, safety and satisfactory driving performance without sacrificing the emotional connection today's consumers demand from their vehicles, come from the west coast ...

  • Design Contest: Interior Motives Awards 2011

    2015-05-06T22:25:06+01:00By Car Design News

    Shortlisted entries have been announced for the 2011 Interior Motives Student Design Awards. After individual deliberation by our panel of renowned senior designers, students being tutored at colleges in a diverse range of countries including Israel, the Czech Republic, Australia, Taiwan, Canada and China, as well as in the established ...

  • Mercury dies off, Lincoln to benefit


    Ford's brand portfolio is set to get smaller by the end of the year. Following the sale of Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar and most recently Volvo (to Chinese automaker Geely), the Blue Oval has now announced the demise of its 'middle of the range' Mercury brand, with production of ...

  • Interview: Chuck Pelly, founder of Designworks USA, The LA Design Challenge and The Design Academy


    'Industry veteran' can be an overused term but Chuck Pelly's 40-plus years of professional design experience definitely makes him qualify. He's perhaps best known for founding DesignworksUSA but his design story started in 1954 after getting a $3000 scholarship from the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild - an annual competition set ...

  • Car Design News - GM Interactive Design Competition Winners Announced at NAIAS

    2015-05-06T22:05:43+01:00By Car Design News

    Car Design News and General Motors today announced the eight winners of their interactive design competition in an awards ceremony on the Cadillac stand at the North American International Auto Show 2012 (NAIAS).

  • Exclusive: Joel Piaskowski to head Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design NA


    Thanks to our contacts within the automotive design community, Car Design News can confirm that Joel Piaskowski, who resigned from his position as Chief Designer at Hyundai's North American design studios on December 19, 2008, will be taking over the position previously held by Gorden Wagener at Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design. ...

  • CDOTY awards presented at Auto Design Night Geneva


    Car Design News, in partnership with Interior Motives magazine, hosted the fourth annual Auto Design Night event at La Sip nightclub in Geneva last night. With more than 300 attendees reading like a who's who in automotive design, designers were able to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances ...

  • LA Design Challenge 2011: studios compete to design Hollywood car

    2015-05-06T22:03:41+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    This year's LA Design Challenge will see competitors from around the world battle to design Hollywood's next movie car.

  • Contests Archive: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition 2011

    2015-05-06T21:42:29+01:00By Car Design News

    The Car Design News - GM Interactive Design Competition was open to design students across the USA and Canada.

  • Joel Piaskowski becomes Director of Exterior Design at Ford North America


    Joel Piaskowski is set to become Ford's North American Director of Exterior Design. He will be filling the position previously vacated by Moray Callum, who was promoted to Executive Director for Ford Americas design when Peter Horbury went back to head up Volvo's design efforts earlier this year.

  • LA Design Challenge 2012: Highway Patrol Vehicle 2025

    2015-05-06T21:39:00+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    The LA Design Challenge has called for design studios from around the world to compete and create the ultimate law enforcement vehicle for the year 2025.

  • Wulin Gaowa on GM’s new Chinese Advanced Design Studio

    2015-05-06T21:37:41+01:00By Joe Simpson

    Following on from our story in September about Wulin Gaowa's appointment to GM Design as Director of its China Advanced Design, the company has released more details about the new studio and an interview with the designer.

  • Essay: China Design Now - Part II

    2015-05-06T21:36:48+01:00By Owen Ready

    While the Chinese companies are looking to create brands, established overseas manufacturers are looking over their shoulders to protect theirs.

  • Nissan opens new design studio in Beijing

    2015-05-06T21:36:28+01:00By Jeffrey Nagaoka

    Another piece of evidence of the Beijing studio's potential: an edgy crossover car the center's designers developed, inspired by a very popular Chinese street art form called jianzhi - a type of paper cutting. The nameless car - a pure design exercise at this point, according to Nakamura - is ...

  • Automakers sign up to Apple 'Eyes Free' Siri button

    2015-05-06T21:17:08+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Apple has announced that the leading carmakers have signed up for the addition of an ‘Eyes Free' button that will activate Siri for in-car Apple products.

  • An Audience with Syd Mead at CCS

    2015-05-06T20:43:15+01:00By Dalibor Dimovski

    "Visual futurist and concept artist." Like some sort of Transformer, those words combine to create an ideal job description for many an industrial designer. With the world of design becoming more varied, and our jobs becoming more demanding of diversity, it's no surprise that many of us venture into adjacent ...

  • Entries in for 2012 LA Design Challenge

    2015-05-06T20:31:35+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Final designs for the 2025 Highway Patrol Vehicle from worldwide design studios are in for the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge.

  • Subaru SHARC wins LA Design Challenge [w/video]

    2015-05-06T19:33:58+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Subaru's SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) has been named the winner of the 2012 LA Design Challenge.

  • Design Development: Subaru SHARC

    2015-05-06T19:33:45+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    The design team wanted the project to be fun as well as innovative. Designer Masashi Kaneda developed Cohen's fictional protagonist, Chief Kamehamaha, as an almost superhero-like figure. How the Chief would interact with the SHARC was next on the agenda, and so they decided to develop Subaru's current EyeSight technology. ...

  • GM China opens Advanced Design Center in Shanghai

    2015-05-06T19:28:51+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    General Motors China has opened a new advanced design studio as part of the establishment of its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai.

  • Concept Car of the Week: Ghia Streamline X 'Gilda' (1955)

    2015-05-06T19:06:03+01:00By Flavien Dachet

    In 1954 Virgil Exner, director of styling at Chrysler, created a scale clay-model to communicate to his team his vision of futuristic and aerodynamic shapes. The sculpture was then painted black and was left on display in Exner's Office. There it caught the eye of Luigi Segre, director of Ghia ...

  • Gesture-controlled Audi wins VDA Design Award

    2015-05-06T19:04:47+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has announced the winner of its 2013 Design Awards, which asked students from across the world to submit their final graduating projects completed between October 2011 and July 2013.

  • Concept Car of the Week: Oldsmobile Golden Rocket (1956)

    2015-05-06T18:59:51+01:00By Flavien Dachet

    From 1949 to 1961, General Motors ran its own motor show. Called Motorama, the annual event was a showcase for concept cars which revealed prospective design and technology directions for all of GM's brands and for cars in general.

  • GM's Ed Welburn walks Jay Leno through the Elmiraj concept's design [w/Video]

    2015-05-06T18:57:30+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    General Motors' vice president Global Design Ed Welburn stars in the latest of the 'Jay Leno's Garage' YouTube series, running the talk-show host through some of the new Cadillac Elmiraj concept's design features and what it means for the brand's future.

  • How they're made: concept car tires

    2015-05-06T18:52:57+01:00By Owen Ready

    With the car design calender kicking off tomorrow at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, we've taken a look behind the scenes of a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of concept car design - their tires. We spoke to Michelin's senior industrial designers Ben Ebel and John ...

  • Who's Where: Richard Ferlazzo appointed GM Australia design director

    2015-05-06T18:51:55+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Richard Ferlazzo has been appointed General Motors Australia design director. Taking up the position from 1 September, he will report directly to executive director international operations design Michael Simcoe and also GM Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux.

  • Why small sedans are the next big thing in South America

    2015-05-06T18:50:12+01:00By Artur Grisanti Mausbach

    Despite the recent boom of the Brazilian economy and a growing middle class population being able to buy their first car, new cars are still relatively expensive in the country. As Car Design News reported in our 2012 São Paulo motor show coverage, the initial development of the market has ...

  • Q&A: David Townsend, GM global design director, user experience

    2015-05-06T18:46:25+01:00By Tom Phillips

    GM's new design director of user experience, David Townsend, has only been in the job just over a month. But with a remit extending to the interface design of every vehicle in GM's global portfolio, his influence will soon be widespread.

  • 2014 Michelin Challenge Design jury meets to select winners

    2015-05-06T18:46:14+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    The 2014 Michelin Challenge Design judging panel has selected the top three entries of its ‘Driven/Undriven' contest after an intense two-day session at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

  • Video: GM's Clay Dean on the future of urban mobility

    2015-05-06T18:44:54+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Clay Dean is the star of a new Faces of GM video, Anticipating the Driving Experience of the Future.

  • Global Vehicle Architecture opens new fully-equipped 3D Design Studio in Beijing

    2015-05-06T18:35:51+01:00By Owen Ready

    Global Vehicle Architecture (GVA) - a specialist independent design company encompassing all forms of transportation design - has opened a fully-equipped design studio in Beijing to cater for the growing demand for design support services. GVA is unique in that it is the first European automotive designer led facility ...

  • Easy Does It: The nine top design directors on the one thing they agree on - simplicity


    Ed Welburn, the most charming man ever to wear a designer suit and design director of General Motors, can only agree with his colleagues. In his fabulous universe, simplicity is even necessary to control complex situations: "Chevrolet offers family cars, extreme performance cars and serious trucks. That's quite something. That ...

  • Michelin Challenge Design-CCS 2014 winning projects explored

    2015-05-06T18:30:22+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Michelin has revealed the winners of the 2014 Michelin Challenge Design Competition for the College for Creative Studies (CCS).

  • CDN-GM Interactive Design Contest 2013 winners announced


    In early December, the finalist entries from the CDN/GM Interactive Design Competition were put in front of the panel of judges from General Motors and Car Design News to determine the four winners of this year's internships with GM. This year, once again, the level of work was exceptional and ...

  • CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition 2014 now open!

    2015-05-06T18:25:30+01:00By Car Design News

    Car Design News and General Motors are pleased to announce the 2014 edition of the CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition is now open for entry.

  • 2015 Michelin Challenge Design Automotive Press Association design panel


    The Automotive Press Association (APA) Design Panel is the first of several milestones in the annual Michelin Challenge Design (MCD) calendar of events.

  • Concept Car of the Week: GM-X Stiletto (1964)

    2015-05-06T18:12:30+01:00By Flavien Dachet

    With dreams of flying cars as the ultimate inspiration, General Motors designers in the ‘60s used every trick possible to make their creations appear as though they were floating - long, straight bodies, wheels pushed in and hidden away, large fins and lights that looked like rockets. As William L. ...

  • Design Review: Faurecia Premium Attitude


    Faurecia is a Tier 1 automotive supplier, usually outfitting vehicles built by General Motors, the Volkswagen Group, BMW and other well-known vehicle manufacturers with seats, doors, cockpits, front ends, acoustic packages and exhaust systems. This time however, they've decided to build a car to showcase their latest products, including innovative ...

  • Who's Where: Bryan Nesbitt appointed VP of Design for GM North America


    General Motors is looking to inject some newfound flair into its North American product lineup. Effective June 1, Bryan Nesbitt, currently Executive Director of Design at General Motors Europe will become Vice President of Design for North America and relocate to the company's technology headquarters in Warren, Michigan.

  • General Motors Europe opens new Design Center


    Being a car designer is often percieved as a glamourous occupation, but few people realise that this typically means working in some of the least inspiring places. Wolfsburg, Detroit and Birmingham are just a few of the locations that are home to some of the largest populations of car designers ...

  • General Motors reshuffles Executive Design leadership team


    General Motors will be changing its Executive Design leadership team around in the coming months to accelerate global product development. The announcement came on the heels of news regarding the giant automaker being surpassed by rival Toyota in global sales. In an effort to bring itself out of the red, ...

  • Designer Interview: Bryan Nesbitt, Executive Director, GM Europe Design

    2015-05-06T01:16:12+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Bryan Nesbitt presents the Opel Antara concept at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. Click for larger images. Click for larger imagesPresentation by Bryan Nesbitt at the 2001 Autoweek Design Forum focused on the development of the PT CruiserPT Cruiser concept sketch (1996)GME presentation at the 2005 Geneva Motor ShowAt ...

  • Design Review: Opel Corsa

    2015-05-06T00:54:38+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    Last year at the Frankfurt motor show the new Fiat Punto, Renault Clio, and Toyota Yaris were announced; three important new European B-sector cars. Earlier this year at Geneva the sector's best selling Peugeot 206 was replaced by the 207 and over the next twelve months Ford will show its ...

  • Interview: Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, GM Europe

    2015-05-06T00:54:28+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    CDN: What makes Opel unique in design?"Maybe in the past it was a bit too focussed on functionality, so what we're trying to do now is really keep the functionality, in fact dial the functionality up several notches, but not let it compromise design. The design language that you're starting ...

  • Interview: Mark Adams, Vice President of Design, GM Europe

    2015-05-06T00:54:21+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    On June 1st this year, Mark Adams became Vice-President of Design at GM Europe where he is charged with heading the newly-established GM Europe Design organization, including the Russelsheim-based GM Europe Design Center. He is responsible for the design of GM's European brands: Opel, Vauxhall and Saab, as well as ...

  • Design Development: Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept

    2015-05-06T00:44:56+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Though deliberately sparse, the interior strikes a good balance between the aesthetic consequentiality of engineering and stylistic touches from the designer, Crittenden successfully blending her themes of '...raw...dark...and brooding.' Time was also spent designing a bespoke seat that differed from typical race-modified options, Kingsbury instead creating a sedentary carcass, with ...

  • Design Development: Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept

    2015-05-06T00:44:45+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Design Development: Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept

  • Designer Interviews: Anne Asensio, Executive Director of Advanced Design, GM


    Some people sky dive for thrills, Anne Asensio seeks an adrenaline rush at work. Deciding to uproot from her French homeland, leave a cozy job at Renault - where she took part in developing such successful vehicles as the Megane minivan and Clio subcompact - and move to another continent ...

  • Interview: Bob Boniface, Director of Design, GM E-Flex vehicles


    CDN: So are you going to be creating other vehicles using this architecture across other brands? Might we see a Cadillac E-Flex vehicle for example?

  • Interview: Bob Boniface, Director of Design, GM E-Flex vehicles


    Bob Boniface is Director of Design for GM's E-Flex vehicles, which opened last year in an existing space within the manufacturer's Technology Center in Detroit, Michigan. The goal of the studio is to create a new generation of environmentally conscious vehicles, driven by the E-Flex architecture, and by design.

  • EyesOn Design Awards 2010

    2015-05-05T23:45:08+01:00By Joanna Scott

    Outstanding achievement in automotive design was recognized at the fifth annual EyesOn Design Awards held at the 2010 NAIAS in Detroit in January. Top honors were awarded to the GMC Granite urban utility vehicle in the Best Concept Vehicle category, and the Audi A8 luxury sedan for Best Production Vehicle.

  • Design Essay: Pseudomotive Design

    2015-05-05T23:44:30+01:00By Robert Forrest

    Meanwhile, Gehry has been working in conjunction with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Wayne Cherry, formerly Design Director General Motors. Gehry has already discussed collaborating with Ford - before he mentioned his fee, a situation that has repeated itself with General Motors. But despite withdrawing his active role, the ...

  • Show Review: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2008

    2015-05-05T23:29:52+01:00By Bill Barranco

    Competitors from 12 countries and 27 States brought their world-class classics to California's Monterey Peninsula for judging in 24 classes at the 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, which took place August 17.

  • Exclusive: Franz von Holzhausen joins Tesla Motors


    Car Design News has obtained exclusive information about Franz von Holzhausen's next career move. On Thursday of last week, von Holzhausen resigned from Mazda, where he was Director of Design at the R&D Design Center in Irvine CA, to become the Design Director at Tesla Motors.

  • The Designers, Pt.12 - Ed Welburn, General Motors


    Car Design News launched its first-ever Car Design Review yearbook at the Geneva Motor Show, featuring the award-winning Production Car and Concept Car Designs of 2013.

  • Design Development: Saab Aero X concept

    2015-05-05T22:54:19+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    The full size exterior, for which much credit must also go to the modeler and Alias Designer Shoichiro Sasai, was signed off by Nesbitt and Lo in May after several outside dynoc reviews. The wheels, mirrors and exhaust designed and sketched in Alias by Daniel were also chosen in May ...

  • Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2006

    2015-05-05T22:47:17+01:00By Bill Barranco

    The term "Pebble Beach" refers to a long weekend of events over a full weekend that culminates at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In an informal survey of those who attend and participate regularly, it seems unanimous that "Pebble" is the Show of Shows in this most elite arena of ...

  • 2008 EyesOn Design Awards


    I was once told that the EyesOn Design Awards was initially conceived as an award by which a vehicle would be judged by visually-impaired individuals. The prerequisite for winning was that the beauty of a vehicle would have to be determined solely through the medium of touch.

  • David Lyon in shock GM departure

    2015-05-05T22:42:53+01:00By Jens Meiners

    News of David Lyon's shock departure from General Motors broke this weekend. Lyon was set to become Vice President of Design for Opel/Vauxhall in Rüsselsheim, Germany on 1 August. Up until now, he was responsible for Buick and GMC design, GM interior design and global cross brand design.

  • Who's Where: High-profile re-organization at General Motors

    2015-05-05T22:42:48+01:00By Owen Ready

    General Motors' design division has been re-organized in a spate of high-profile restructuring that comes into effect on 1 August.

  • Winners of CCS-Michelin Challenge Design competitions announced

    2015-05-05T22:42:03+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Michelin has announced the winners of the Michelin Challenge Design contest for the College for Creative Studies (CCS).

  • Michelin Challenge Design 2013 finalists announced

    2015-05-05T22:41:51+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    The finalists of the 2013 Michelin Challenge Design global vehicle design competition have been announced with all 15 of the chosen entrants' work to be displayed at NAIAS 2013.

  • The Designers, Pt 11 - Sooshin Choi, College for Creative Studies


    Car Design News launched its first-ever Car Design Review yearbook at the Geneva Motor Show, featuring the award-winning Production Car and Concept Car Designs of 2013.

  • Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2007

    2015-05-05T22:24:02+01:00By Bill Barranco

    Cord and Duesenberg

  • Interview: Chris Bangle, BMW Group Design Director


    Chris Bangle became BMW Group Design Director in 1992. A cartoonist and devoted family man, he has since been both lauded and castigated for being the pioneer of BMW's current design language.

  • Wayne Cherry to receive EyesOn Design Lifetime Design Achievement Award

    2015-05-05T22:13:04+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Wayne Cherry has been chosen by a panel of his fellow designers as the winner of the EyesOn Design 2013 Lifetime Design Achievement Award.

  • Who's Where: GM Design announces major global restructuring of design executives

    2015-05-05T22:12:48+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    GM Design has announced a major reshuffle of its global leadership team, with Mark Adams, current executive director of Global Cadillac and Buick Design and GME vice president of Design, amongst the movers.

  • Interview: Clay Dean, Executive Director GM Advanced Global Design / Cadillac Brand Director

    2015-05-05T22:02:31+01:00By Joe Simpson

    "Then all of a sudden, the aero wars took over and every car in 1979 looked like a Lotus 79. Today, look at the F1 field. The way that aero works, combined with the regulations, creates a field of cars that are almost identical. And to a casual fan, it's ...

  • Cadillac CUE: Intuitive driving in 2012

    2015-05-05T22:01:51+01:00By John O'Brien

    General Motors' Cadillac division is hoping to lead the way in intuitive multimedia systems, with the launch of its ‘Cadillac User Experience' (CUE) system, which is set to make is official debut at the forthcoming LA auto show.

  • Interview: Ken Okuyama, CEO, Ken Okuyama Design


    Ken Okuyama is not your typical car designer. He is one of the elite few to have given up a prestigious position at one of the world's most illustrious firms to spearhead the creation of his own brand. Just as fellow Art Center College of Design graduate Henrik Fisker, Okuyama ...

  • Wayne Cherry receives Lifetime Achievement Award at EyesOn Design 2013

    2015-05-05T21:33:27+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Renowned car designer Wayne Cherry was honored with a Lifetime Design Achievement Award at the EyesOn Automotive Design Exhibition at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Michigan.

  • Who's Where: Sangyup Lee to join VW Advanced Design

    2015-05-05T21:23:56+01:00By Bill Barranco

    Sangyup Lee, designer of the acclaimed Chevrolet Camaro, has recently resigned from General Motors to accept a position as Chief Designer of Exterior at the Volkswagen/Audi Advanced studio in California. Lee is scheduled to begin work mid-January 2010, reporting to Jens Manske who was appointed Executive Director earlier this ...

  • Who's Where: James Hope appointed Director of Design at Chery Motors

    2015-05-05T21:21:37+01:00By Owen Ready

    James Hope has been appointed Corporate Director of Design at Chery Motors, the Chinese state-owned carmaker. He joins Chery from General Motors, where he held the position of Assistant Chief Designer since February 2008.

  • Who's Where: Simon Cox appointed design director, Infiniti Design London

    2015-05-05T20:53:57+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Infiniti has recruited Simon Cox as design director at its Infiniti Design London studio, which is currently Nissan Design Europe. He will report directly to Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa.

  • Who's Where: Sangyup Lee appointed Bentley’s head of exterior design

    2015-05-05T20:35:33+01:00By Rufus Thompson

    Sangyup Lee has been appointed Bentley's head of exterior design. He reports directly to Luc Donkerwolke, head of Bentley Styling and Design and taken up the position left by Dave Hilton.

  • Driven: Cadillac XTS

    2015-05-05T20:33:00+01:00By Owen Ready

    In the light of the new, global-focused ATS and hot-off-the-press CTS sedans, the full-sized, US-centric Cadillac XTS is somewhat of an anomaly in the new Caddy clan. It’s been earmarked as a stopgap flagship before a proper rear-wheel drive challenger to the Mercedes S-class and Lexus LS comes on stream. Car Design News took to the streets of Detroit to find out if it captures that big Cadillac v

  • Designer Interviews: James Hope, Design Director for Chery Motors

    2015-05-05T20:28:32+01:00By Xie Guoqing

    James Hope, has an impressive automotive design portfolio, having worked at General Motors, Ford and Johnson Controls. In January he became one of the steady stream of Western car designers heading East by joining Chery Motors, the Chinese state-owned automaker, as its new Design Director.

  • Who's Where: Martin Smith to retire, succeeded by Joel Piaskowski as Ford Europe head of design

    2015-05-05T20:26:48+01:00By Owen Ready

    Martin Smith, head of Ford of Europe design for the last 10 years, will retire at the end of this year, before which he will work on a project to study the future direction of the company's global design direction. He will be replaced by current head of strategic concepts ...

  • CDN-GM 2014 Interactive Design Competition now closed

    2015-05-05T19:59:55+01:00By Tom Phillips

    The 2014 Car Design News and General Motors Interactive Design Competition is now closed.

  • 2015 Car Design News-GM-SGMW Interactive Design Competition is now open for entries


    The CDN-SGMW-GM Interactive Competition is now open for entries in China with two, three-month, paid internships up for grabs at the General Motors Tech Center in Shanghai.

  • Michelin Challenge Design 2015: Jury meeting and entry review


    Michelin Challenge Design has held its annual jury meeting and review of entries. The event took place at the Canepa Motorsports Museum in Scotts Valley, California on 14-15 July.

  • Brief 1 - Buick: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition

    2015-05-05T19:50:21+01:00By Tom Phillips

    This year's Car Design News and General Motors Interactive Design Competition is now up and running. Simply choose one of the five briefs set by GM's designers and submit your entry on the competition website,

  • Brief 5 - Sculpting: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition

    2015-05-05T19:50:11+01:00By Tom Phillips

    The Car Design News and General Motors Interactive Design Competition is now open. It offers you the choice of five briefs, each set by GM's design teams, and entries are invited at

  • Brief 4 - GMC: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition

    2015-05-05T19:49:34+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Once again, Car Design News and General Motors are holding an Interactive Design Competition.There are five design briefs to choose from, each set by GM's design teams, and you're invited to submit your entry on the competition website:

  • Jury selects South Korean team as winners of Michelin Challenge Design 2015

    2015-05-05T19:48:44+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Michelin has today announced the top 15 projects in its global 2015 Michelin Challenge Design competition. The Volkswagen Viento project by the South Korean team of Youngjai Jun and Gunyoung Yoon was judged to be the best, and awarded first place by a jury of the world's top automotive designers.

  • CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition winners announced

    2015-05-05T19:45:50+01:00By Owen Ready

    The winners of the 2014 CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition have just been announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • Show Review: Milan Fuori Salone 2015

    2015-05-05T19:43:55+01:00By Jon Winding-Sørensen

    "Carmakers take divergent roads in Russia," reads a Financial Times headline read, just as I was thinking exactly the same. Only I substituted Russia for Milan. Some have dropped Milan totally. Some park their car there with some additional leaflets to give away, just as they would have done at ...

  • Who's Where: Stefan Lamm leaves Ford to become Seat head of exterior design

    2015-05-05T19:37:22+01:00By Owen Ready

    Stefan Lamm has been announced as the new head of exterior design at VW Group's Spanish subsidiary, Seat. He leaves his current post as Ford Europe's exterior design director after a period of 10 years with the company.

  • What exactly is the point of ‘concept’ or showcars? - Part 1 by Peter Stevens

    2015-05-05T19:35:34+01:00By Peter Stevens

    This post was re-published with the kind permission of Peter Stevens, one of Britain's most well-known and sought-after automotive and industrial designers. For more of his insights head over to his Facebook page.

  • Brief 3 - Chevrolet: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition

    2015-05-05T19:28:59+01:00By Tom Phillips

    The Car Design News and General Motors Interactive Design Competition is now open to enter, and there are five design briefs to choose from. Each is set by GM's design teams, and you're invited to submit your entry on the competition website:

  • Brief 2 - Cadillac: CDN-GM Interactive Design Competition

    2015-05-05T19:28:16+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Car Design News and General Motors are once again holding an Interactive Design Competition. There are five briefs to choose from, set by GM's designers, and you're invited to submit your entry on the competition website:

  • Stylish classic trucks - where have all the futurists gone? By Peter Stevens

    2015-05-05T19:26:10+01:00By Peter Stevens

    This post was re-published with the kind permission of Peter Stevens, one of Britain's most well-known and sought-after automotive and industrial designers. For more of his insights head over to his Facebook page.

  • Is purely digital modeling the future for the car industry or is the full-size clay model still best? by Peter Stevens

    2015-05-05T19:25:25+01:00By Peter Stevens

    This post was re-published with the kind permission of Peter Stevens, one of Britain's most well-known and sought-after automotive and industrial designers. For more of his insights head over to his Facebook page.

  • NAIAS 2015 kicks off the new year

    2015-01-29T15:40:02+00:00By Owen Ready

    While CDN’s new year actually kicked off in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (full analysis on its way), the first official car show of the year has just opened its doors in the rather less temperate mid-west at Detroit’s Cobo Center

  • GM resurrects Chaparral name for Gran Turismo concept racer

    2014-11-24T14:24:41+00:00By Owen Ready

    General Motors is one of the many carmakers to create a car for the latest Gran Turismo Playstation game and is perhaps the most extreme